The truth about Roll-up cigarettes!

Roll-up’s are just as bad for you!

The UK Chief Medical Officer has now warned that roll-up cigarettes are no less harmful for you than standard pre-packaged cigarettes bought over the counter. This information is contrary to many smokers belief that roll-up cigarettes were less harmful for them than pre-packaged cigarettes.

It has now been claimed by the Chief Medical Officer that any form of smoking, whether it is roll-up or pre packaged cigarettes, is bad for you and will ‘rot’ the body from the inside.

Where’s the fuss come from?

A lot of health officials are getting more and more worried with the rise of people smoking roll-up cigarettes as they are a cheaper alternative to pre-packaged cigarettes. In a recent study, figures showed that 40% of male smokers and 23% of female smokers use roll-up cigarettes.

What is worrying the health officials, is that 49% of the people involved in the study believed that smoking the roll-up cigarettes was less harmful for them than smoking the pre-packaged cigarettes.

What are they doing about it?

In order to get their point across about roll-up cigarettes being just as harmful, the government has started an aggressive advertising campaign that is designed to shock people that smoke roll-up cigarettes and make them think about the damage being caused to their bodies.

Image used by the NHS in their Smokefree campaign
Image used by the NHS in their Smokefree campaign

In one of the adverts, roll-up cigarettes are shown with rotting body tissue coming out of them, whilst in another of the adverts, a smoker inhales from a roll-up cigarette, then you see an x-ray image of their insides with contaminated blood rushing through his body from their lungs to their heart and brain.

Stop smoking and stop the ‘rot’!

The earlier a smoker quits, the better chance they have of reversing some of the damage that has already been done to their body. Recent studies have shown that around one in five british people smoke, which is the lowest recorded figure in nearly 80 years!

It looks like the government and health officials are looking to try and get this figure even lower with their shock and awe advertising tactics.

If you are looking to try and quit smoking, you can get excellent advice and help by visiting the NHS Smokefree website.

Let us know what you think of this campaign by commenting below…

Do you get enough ‘Me’ time?

Do you get enough ‘Me Time’?

Do you get to spend time at home winding down and relaxing? According to a recent study, the answer to this question is probably no!

In the study, 2000 adults were asked if they were able to take enough time for themselves at home and the results of the study we’re quite alarming!

How much ‘Me Time’ do we need?

Psychologists have advised that we should try to have at least 20 hours of ‘Me Time’ a week, in order to feel relaxed and refreshed and to help us recharge. The study results showed that out of the 2000 people, only around 700 of them were actually achieving the 20 hour minimum.

Of the 1300 people that are getting less than 20 hours a week of downtime, around 100 people say they are lucky if they 5 hours a week, and rather alarmingly nearly 400 of them said they get no downtime at all!

A large amount of the people studied said that the main reason for them not getting enough downtime was down to long working hours getting in the way of them being able to relax. The question is, what is more important to you, your job or your health?

Everyone is different, but getting enough downtime can help you feel more in control of your life and help you to achieve your goals, but by not getting enough there can be severe consequences!

What are the consequences?

Not having enough time to relax and recharge can leave you tired, stressed and even depressed! And with these results showing that more than half of the people studied don’t get the required minimum, it won’t be long before the majority of them are suffering.

Statistically, 25 – 34 year olds are less likely to get as much downtime as other people are, and if you live in London, the South East, East/West Midlands, Scotland or Wales, you are also statistically less likely to get enough downtime.

What can we do?

If you lead a very busy life, this can often mean that we don’t give ourselves enough time to relax or to simply do the little things that make us happy.

If you are struggling to get enough ‘Me Time’ then the easiest thing to do, is to try and dedicate at least one evening a week and one weekend day to doing things that will help you feel relaxed and recharged like catching up on your favorite tv show or reading a good book!

If you really want to push the boat out, you could even have a trip out somewhere and go for a nice walk.

If you can do this, then you will be less likely to struggle with tiredness, stress or depression.

So, the big question is, will you be able to give yourself more ‘Me Time’? Tell us what you think below…