Home > Lifestyle > Stop smoking Stop smoking All sections in Stop Smoking » Effects of smoking » Stop smoking advice » Other forms of tobacco use » Smoking FAQs » Smoking in SA » Stop Smoking News » Smoking alternatives Secondhand smoke bad for pets as well Dogs and cats not only breathe in tobacco smoke, but can also ingest harmful substances by licking their owner's hair, skin and clothes, an expert warns. Stop smoking News Quitting smoking may cut complication risk after joint replacement It's known that smokers do worse than non-smokers after joint replacements, and now research shows that quitting smoking before surgery can improve patients' outcomes. More in Stop smoking News Secondhand smoke bad for pets as well James Bond quits smoking, but co-stars don't E-cigarettes just as bad for gums as regular smokes Elderly heart patients ignore anti-smoking prescriptions Effects of smoking Exploding e-cigarettes sending 'vapers' to burn centres E-cigarette explosions are caused by powerful lithium-ion batteries used in the devices; these rechargeable batteries charge a heating coil that brings liquid nicotine and flavourings to boiling point. See all Effects of smoking » News SA set to join global plain cigarette packaging trend The South African Government is preparing a Draft Bill to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products. The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) welcomes this stand against tobacco use. See all News » Smoking alternatives Anti-smoking drug initially more effective in women According to a study, an effective anti-smoking drug helped women more than men for the first year of treatment. After a year, however, the medication worked equally well for both men and women. See all Smoking alternatives » Stop smoking advice Low nicotine cigarettes may help you quit Smokers who switched to special low-nicotine cigarettes wound up smoking less and were more likely to try to quit, researchers found. See all Stop smoking advice » Take action Ask Stop Smoking Advice » Assess Ready to quit smoking? » Assess Are you at risk for cancer? » Assess Are you at risk for COPD? » Quit smoking this year Is this the best anti-smoking ad ever? News Why South Africa needs to up the ante against smoking again Countries that have successfully decreased illicit trade have typically used a combination of political will and technology. South Africa should join the pack. See all News » Stop smoking How second hand smoke puts even non-smokers at risk of serious lung disease Serious lung diseases like COPD can be caused by exposure to second hand smoke at home and in the workplace. Here’s the facts you should know this World No Tobacco Day. See all Stop smoking » Stop smoking advice Teens lured by flavoured tobacco products Flavoured tobacco products are enticing a new generation of America's youth into nicotine addiction, tobacco-related disease and early death, according to US CDC. See all Stop smoking advice » Stop smoking advice Ex-smokers' risk of diabetes diminishes over time While smoking is linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes, this risk appears to drop over the long term once cigarette use stops, a review suggests. See all Stop smoking advice » advertisement From our sponsors How to care for your vaginal flora Live healthier Hello? » SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Earworms: Let it go Is it bad to sleep with earplugs all the time? SEE: Do women hear better than men? The reason why men often appear not to be listening could be because they actually can't hear you. Confident smile? » Acidic drinks can harm your kids' smiles The facts on bleaching your teeth Am I taking good care of my teeth? Why are my teeth stained? We know the rules – brush your teeth twice a day and floss to keep them healthy. But, have you ever wondered what causes those stains that sometimes appear?