Today's Big Stories

Stoptober campaign calls on smokers to kick the habit

You're never too old or young to quit smoking, says pharmaceutical expert Jackie Maiman.

An anti-smoking campaign titled "Stoptober" is encouraging smokers to quite the habit for the month of October, in order to see the material benefits that a healthier lifestyle brings.

It's October, but without the cigarettes.

Jackie Maiman, representative of the Pharmaceutical Society of SA

Maiman explains that the campaign has been rolled out globally and challenges smokers to go without cigarettes for at least 28 days.

She says that smoking is a severe pandemic in the country, despite our stringent laws.

8 million South Africans smoke, and Maiman says 44 000 smoking-related deaths occur annually.

According to Maiman, a combination of physical addiction to nicotine, psychological triggers and societal pressure make quitting challenging.

Maiman explains that a combination of support, medication and behaviour-change therapy creates a programme to help quitters.

The programme is called the Go-Smoke-Free programme.

She has encouraged smokers to seek the help of pharmacists if they really want to quit.

Maiman fielded questions from callers and gave advice to those wanting to kick the habit.

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Plain cigarette packaging increases motivation to quit, says anti-smoking group

Plain cigarette packaging increases motivation to quit, says anti-smoking group

Stephen Grootes chats to Yussuf Saloojee, executive director at NCAS, about plain cigarette packaging in South Africa.

Will rise in cigarette tax stop you from smoking?

Will rise in cigarette tax stop you from smoking?

Stephen looks at the World Health Organisation's proposal to increase tobacco taxes and it's impact (or not) on smoking

Popular articles
Judge asks media to report responsibly after van Breda's lawyer scolds paper

Judge asks media to report responsibly after van Breda's lawyer scolds paper

The judge presiding over Henri van Breda's murder trial has urged the media to report carefully in the highly sensitive case.

Striking SAA cabin crew demand to speak with Dudu Myeni

Striking SAA cabin crew demand to speak with Dudu Myeni

According to Deputy president of the SA cabin crew Association, all SAA flights will be affected by the strike.

"I never apologised" Gwede Mantashe

"I never apologised" Gwede Mantashe

ANC sec gen dismisses Zuma's claims in court papers that Mantashe and Ramaphosa apologised to him as factional divide deepens.

Warder recalls "prison hell" as he retires after four decades at Pollsmoor

Warder recalls "prison hell" as he retires after four decades at Pollsmoor

Chris Malgas speaks about his experiences as a prison warder at the notorious Pollsmoor prison for four decades.

Sea Point's Mojo Market opens for business on Thursday

Sea Point's Mojo Market opens for business on Thursday

A new lifestyle market is set to open in Sea Point, offering a variety of food, art, fashion and entertainment seven days a week.

Judge Desai visits van Breda home on day 2 of triple murder trial

Judge Desai visits van Breda home on day 2 of triple murder trial

During the van Breda home visit State prosecutor Susan Galloway described to the judge where the murder weapon was found.

Caller berates black staff, says employers not obliged to provide transport

Caller berates black staff, says employers not obliged to provide transport

The caller from Bedfordview responds to complaints around the lack of late night transport provisions for Virgin Active workers.