The Truth About Hookah Smoking And Your Health

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I've heard before that smoking hookah is fine for your health and not at all like smoking cigarettes. To set the record straight and find out how hookah smoking can affect our health, I spoke to Bonnie Bristow, a Sunnybrook radiation therapist and leader on the Smoking Cessation Team.

Surprising Ways Smoking Affects Your Body (And Your Family's Bodies Too)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Smoking cigarettes doubles the risk of changes in the lens of your eye, resulting in cataracts... It triples the risk of age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness over 65 years old. And it also increases the risk of glaucoma, another leading risk of blindness.

Plain Packaging Is Not The Answer To Canada's Tobacco Problem

Alex Scholten | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Business
Alex Scholten

Restrictions implemented in Australia have resulted in no meaningful decrease in already downwardly trending tobacco consumption rates -- and virtually no impact whatsoever in youth consumption rates in particular. Can Canada expect plain packaging regulation to offer any real improvements to smoking rates?

Students For Liberty Take To Parliament Hill On World No Tobacco Day

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Yaël Ossowski

Prompted by World Tobacco Day, activists from the international grassroots activist group Students For Liberty took to Parliament Hill on Tuesday to hand out their "No Nanny" plain-packaged chocolate bars to legislators and federal employees.

Lung Cancer Is Preventable And Treatable With Early Detection

William Osler Health System | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
William Osler Health System

It is important to know that unlike other types of cancers, lung cancer doesn't show symptoms until in much later stages. This means that by the time an individual begins to notice changes to his or her health, the cancer has significantly advanced, often making treatment more complex. However, there is still hope.

Vaping Helped Me Quit Smoking For My Health And My Family's

James Di Fiore | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

For 24 years I was a smoker. That's nearly a quarter century of inhaling smoke into lungs that are probably black by now. But I loved it. I'd start the day with a smoke and a coffee, and I'd have that last cigarette at the end of my day. When my partner and I were expecting our first-born, I finally made the decision that I was ready to stop.

Continuing Ontario's Campaign Against Vaping Will Cost Lives

Derek James From | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living
Derek James From

The Making Healthier Choices Act -- true Orwellian doublespeak -- treats vaping as if it was as harmful as smoking. This imaginative warping of the facts requires the province to ignore the growing scientific evidence that whether inhaled directly or second-hand, vaping has not been strongly associated with the negative health effects of inhaling combusted tobacco products.

Pot vs. Tobacco: Which Is The True Cancer Risk?

Marc Davis | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

In terms of medical treatment, tobacco use also costs Canada's health care system an estimated $4.4 billion per year. In comparison, studies of cannabis use have not shown any increased susceptibility to physical illness or premature death.

Governments Hate To Admit The Advantages Of Vaping

Karen Selick | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

Since 2009, Health Canada has taken the position that e-cigarettes containing nicotine are illegal. But out on the streets, Health Canada is simply being ignored. There's a brisk trade in vaping supplies including nicotine. Much of the new legislation might be found unconstitutional if challenged in the courts. Nicotine addicts who still use tobacco as a delivery method are suffering harm to their health that now appears to be quite unnecessary.

Plain Tobacco Packaging Targets the Basic Rights of Businesses

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Beyond the war of statistics, the principles of liberty and personal responsibility must be brought back to the heart of discussions about tobacco consumption, or consumption of any other product deemed "harmful" to one's health. You don't need to be a radical libertarian to start to ask some serious questions regarding the tendency of certain groups to want to regiment all aspects of people's lives under the pretext of protecting their health.

Trying to Quit Smoking? Your DNA Might Be Holding You Back

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

If you're trying to quit smoking, new research from the University of Toronto suggests the first thing you need to understand is your DNA.

Mental Illness Programs Shouldn't Force Abstinence On Smokers

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Mental illness patients who smoke are discriminated against by having separate smoking rooms in hospitals closed. As a result, they are being forced to leave the hospital grounds to smoke if they are not in locked units. This is unsafe for patients and others.

10 Everyday Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Prithwish De, PhD | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Prithwish De, PhD

There are many factors we can't control that affect our cancer risk, like growing older, our genetic profile and having a family history of the disease. But the good news is that there is a lot we can control. It's as simple as making healthy choices every day and having policies in place that protect our health. Here are the top 10 ways to lower your risk of cancer.

Don't Let International Bureaucrats Control Canada's Tobacco Taxes

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The case of Quebec provides a cautionary tale, as the prevalence of tobacco use has hovered around 24 per cent since 2003 despite a doubling of the price of cigarettes. And to the extent that tobacco taxes do reduce consumption, they can end up reducing total tax receipts, thus working against the competing and contradictory government objective of raising revenue.

Keep Health Warnings Off Junk Food

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The tendency for governments to increasingly regulate the advertising industry, whether in the name of consumer protection or for health concerns, is already on full throttle. After cigarette packs, don't be surprised if sooner or later you see plain bags of chips on the shelves of convenience stores, or plain-packaged chocolate bars. Politicians stand on a steep, slippery slope that could lead to private property and intellectual property violations, and destruction of brands. The economic consequences should be weighted carefully. And such policies backed by solid empirical data, not merely good intentions.

Tax Increases Don't Always Mean More Money for the Government - Even on Cigarettes

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

It is true that smoking is a major public health concern, and one might be tempted to say that the change in behaviour is desirable, whatever the effect on government revenue. Again, Laffer tells us that things are more complicated than it seems. While it is true that some people are deterred from smoking by tax increases, this is not the case of all smokers.

Obesity Is Not the New Tobacco

Kapil Khatter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

Those approaches, for unhealthy eating in particular, can be a real challenge, because they bang hard against the reactor core of our economic system -- consumption. Consumption and lots of it. Like tobacco, the fight for healthy eating will challenge the heart of what companies do: sell as much as they can.

Best Indie Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

The Huffington Post Canada | Trevor Risk | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Music

2014 is half over, and even though there are still some upcoming releases for the back nine of the calendar that are sure to make many critics’ year...

This Is Why It's Vital You're Successful the First Time You Quit Smoking

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Nishaan Sharma

The pain and terror that seem, for those first few days, like everything -- seen, smelled, tasted, heard, felt -- will be replaced by a longing similar to the kind one feels towards an old paramour. It is even possible that you will be capable of returning to the warm arms of the infrequent cigarette at some distant speck in the future without drowning again in the compulsion.

What the Anti-Tobacco Groups Get Plain Wrong

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Even if you don't share my live-and-let-live philosophy, there are some pragmatic and empirical arguments to be made against several of the measures promoted by the very well-organized and very well-funded worldwide anti-tobacco movement.

Students Who Smoke Only Pot Perform Better Than Those Who Smoke Cigarettes Too

University of Toronto News | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada
University of Toronto News

New study identifies which youth are most at risk, researchers say (photo by Drome via Flickr) It used to be that the kids out in the bushes smoking m...

First Nations Need Tobacco More Than Harper's Law and Order

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Tobacco is much more than money for Canada's Mohawk people -- it's a source of economic independence, a non-handout form of income that goes well with aspirations of independence and self-reliance. And these are good and necessary goals. Yes, it's also been deemed illegal and is likely going to draw the communities into a collision with the federal government, but in the meantime tobacco is a desperately-needed investment in the community. Until we discover oil or invent a better iPad (and I hope we do both), tobacco is the best we've got. We're beginning to make some real money through entrepreneurship, and if it takes cigarettes and gambling in the beginning, so be it.

Why Flaherty's Sin Tax on Cigarettes Won't Work

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

This is precisely what happened in Canada in the early 1990s. Indeed, following a steep increase in duties and taxes applicable to tobacco products by the federal government and the provinces, a vast illegal trade in cigarettes sprang up. Contraband's share in the Canadian tobacco market jumped from 1 per cent in 1987 to approximately 31 per cent by the end of 1993.

Warning Labels and the Psychology of Climate Change

Rob Shirkey | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Rob Shirkey

Ever since launching our project to put climate change warning labels on gas pumps, people have frequently told me, "My friend still smokes, so warning labels don't work." They draw a very general conclusion from a very particular example. First, if you want to learn about the effectiveness of tobacco warning labels, you need to look at the studies. Second, if want to learn about the potential impact of our warning labels, you need to look at human psychology and the nature of climate change.

Let's Get Serious About Cigarette Litter - No Ifs, Ands or Butts!

David Suzuki | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's astounding how many people who would likely not otherwise drop garbage on the ground see nothing wrong with flicking cigarette butts without regard for where they land. It may seem trivial, but it's not.