Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

E-cigarettes: helping smokers quit or glamourising a dangerous habit?

Smoking is cool again. At least, electronically. The electronic cigarette (e-cig, vapouriser, fake fag, digital cancer) is, if you believe the adverts and scare stories in the press, the new black. No longer happy with the adverse health effects of smoking analogue traditional cigarettes, a large swathe of smokers are hanging up their lighters and […]

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Death By Acronym

Common sense dictates that drinking an industrial solvent found in wheel cleaner is a stupid thing. Yet clubbers across the UK are ignoring the “Toxic: Do Not Drink” warnings and are necking back litres of the stuff for shits and giggles. After a couple of hours I think I’m straight enough to communicate with the […]

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Smoke For Free, Die For Nothing

Publicity surrounding the link to cancer has left US tobacco firms so desperate to recruit new customers they have started giving their products away. I was “hit up” by one of Chicago’s “cigarette fairies” – a promotional vendor who has routes throughout urban bars and clubs. “So what brand do you smoke?” she asked. “You […]

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Mexican Hitmen Offer Services Online

Police in Mexico City are investigating online classified ads posted by people selling their services as assassins for as little as £3,000. Between listings offering gas fitters and modelling agencies, a post reads: “Gun for Hire – $6,000. Professional. International. Discretion guaranteed”. Another reads: “former soldier with 10 years experience in the private sector, very […]