July 3rd, 2014

Teens and Smoking


People typically begin to smoke during their teens. Studies show that teens become hooked on nicotine after smoking only a few cigarettes (as few as three a week). Girls become addicted faster than boys, sometimes in three weeks. Teen smokers get sick more often than teens who don’t smoke and may have smaller lungs and weaker hearts as well.

June 29th, 2014

Smoke NV

Smoke NV Starter Kit

If you enjoy the tactile associations of smoking and don’t want to give them up, Smoke NV is your answer! Smoke NV is a device that emits a harmless, nicotine-free vapour that simulates the sensation of smoking. It allows you to satisfy your desire for cigarettes without compromising your health and wellbeing. The attractive device will not give you smoker’s breath or yellowed teeth, and is harmless to other people and to the environment.

February 26th, 2014

The Year to Quit

year2quitIf quitting smoking is high on your agenda this year, your chances of succeeding are higher than ever. Our wide variety of smoking cessation aids are designed to help you quit the habit as painlessly as possible so that you can count on being smoke-free by the time 2015 rolls around.

In Canada, quitting smoking is the second most popular New Year’s resolution after losing weight. It is closely followed by sticking to a budget, and saving more money.

February 12th, 2014

February Is Heart Month

Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. It contributes to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, increases the risk of blood clots, reduces the oxygen in your blood, increases your blood pressure and forces your heart to work harder. When combined with other risk factors—including elevated blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and overweight/obesity—smoking further increases your risk of heart disease and/or stroke.

January 6th, 2014

Don’t underestimate the benefits of quitting smoking

Hister_Art_07This one is really a no-brainer (which is why, my wife said, I’m the perfect guy to write it; you should ignore her comments, as I try to do very often).

If you smoke and you had to make one lifestyle adjustment that would provide the maximum benefit to your future health (never mind adding to the health of everyone you spend any time with), nothing comes even close to offering you the life-enhancing benefits than stopping your smoking habit.

September 24th, 2013


Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects many Canadians.  Dry, itchy and sore skin accompanied with flare-ups of painful scales occurs with this condition. It might be good to know that there are many prescription treatments available.
In today’s post, I would like to highlight some skin care recommendations for people with psoriasis.


  • Although scratching seems like the reaction to irritated skin, it can lead to open sores and possibly infection


  • So easy, yet so effective!
  • Reduces itchiness, dryness, redness and soreness and scaling
  • Helps skin heal after a flare up
  • Choose products that are fragrance-free


May 14th, 2013

How smoking early in life kills you

art_histerIf you’re still lighting up, and the great news is that the number of people smoking has been dropping steadily albeit slowly in Canada, here’s a study to perhaps make you stop.

In a terrific long-term study of nearly 30,000 Harvard students between the years 1916 and 1950 (published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology), men who started smoking at age 18 or younger (and this was amazingly common once upon a time and unfortunately still is common) had a 30 % higher risk of dying at any age compared to men who didn’t smoke.

The somewhat good news, though, is that although men who started smoking early but subsequently stopped smoking still had an increased risk of dying compared to never-smokers, the former did drop their risk of dying compared to men who continued to smoke.

By the way, there is no reason to believe that the same doesn’t apply to women.

If you smoke, quit now.

No ifs ands or butts (a la Edith Zittler).



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