Smoking

How many Britons now vape?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Talking Turkey David Cameron again accused the Leave campaign of ‘lying’ about the prospect of Turkey joining the EU. A…

Dear Mary: How much should I tip a black cab driver?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Q. We have near neighbours in the country with whom I would not wish to fall out for all sorts…

Dear Mary: How do I stop people cadging cigarettes off me?

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Q. My mother died a few months ago. Her collection of colourful clothes, hats, shoes and an immense amount of…

The truth about air quality? It’s the best (and cleanest) in living memory

18 May 2019 9:00 am

We are, of course, in the midst of an air pollution crisis which, like every other threat to our health…

How smoking saved my life

3 November 2018 9:00 am

I almost got killed this week. I went for a very early morning walk in a New Hampshire forest, in…

Letters

13 July 2017 1:00 pm

Technical education Sir: I am grateful to Robert Tombs for highlighting the baleful use of ‘declinism’ as part of the…

Being anti-smoking damages your mental health

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I lit a cigarette in an open-air car park a couple of years ago as I was walking to the…

Smokers are paying for your pension

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Axa will no longer invest in the tobacco industry: the French insurance giant will sell €184 million of shares and…

The vaping craze isn’t about nicotine. It’s about gadgets

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Probably you never visited the flats of middle-class student drug dealers in the 1990s, because crikey, neither did I, and…

An old man’s guide to living dangerously

9 April 2016 9:00 am

As an old man, well past my Biblical sell-by date, I cannot for the life of me understand why increased…

Mark Twain was right: it is our redeeming petty vices that make life worth living

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Here I go again. I have stopped smoking. Until recently I had been smoking about 40 cigarettes a day, but…

She was Ariadne to my Theseus

12 December 2015 9:00 am

My contempt for vaping deepened as vaping contraptions became more ostentatious and people started hanging them from lanyards around their…

The smoking diary of Gregor Hens

12 December 2015 9:00 am

The link between smoking and self-expression is long-established. The only thing worse than not being able to smoke, says Will…

Ham it up: scents of home-smoked meat now waft across suburbia

A cure for Christmas: the pleasure (and perils) of preserves

28 November 2015 9:00 am

My family knows that once the flaming pudding is on the table, late on Christmas Day, all meals will be…

The wonderful, vanishing world of the handwritten letter

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Those who write letters and send them by post are a dying breed. I was fortunate to have served as…

‘Quitting is suffering’: Hon Lik, inventor of the e-cigarette, on why he did it

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Few people have heard of Hon Lik, which is a pity because he’s probably saved more lives already than anybody…

Spectator letters: Allan Massie on the FBI; Christopher Booker on graffiti

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The long arm of the FBI Sir: The White House may be less willing than it was to play the…

The big fat myths of our ‘obesity epidemic’

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Like all failing projects, or popular cults, the NHS needs scapegoats. Britain’s health service is plagued by an endless stream…

Dear Mary: What to do when a dinner guest won’t turn and chat

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Q. I felt uncomfortable during a dinner for 20 in a private house. The young man on my left had…

Style council: left to right, Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper), January Jones (Betty Draper), Jessica Paré (Megan Draper), Jon Hamm (Donald Draper)

Will you miss Mad Men? James Delingpole won’t

21 March 2015 9:00 am

There’s a scene in the finale of season six that embodies everything that’s so right and so wrong with Mad…

Dear Mary: What can I do about my neighbours’ downmarket recycling?

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Q. Since recycling was introduced in our village, the wall at the end of our drive has become the depositing…

Help me become an addict

1 November 2014 9:00 am

When the White Queen told Alice she had sometimes believed as many as six contradictory things before breakfast, she spoke…

Stop "Stoptober"! It's another insidious attack on liberty and free will

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Say what you like about the French Revolutionaries but at least they had a poetic imagination. When they wanted a…

The war on e-cigarettes is enough to make me give up giving up

6 September 2014 9:00 am

I have been, on and off, a lifelong smoker; but I gave up in January 2009 on the day of…

E-cigarettes are making tobacco obsolete. So why ban them?

3 May 2014 9:00 am

If somebody invented a pill that could cure a disease that kills five million people a year worldwide, 100,000 of…