Countries Race to Stub Out Smoking for Good

With cigarette smoking the leading cause of preventable deaths around the world, it’s not surprising that governments everywhere are doing everything they can to try and get people to kick the deadly habit. Increasingly, that’s being achieved by promoting vaping as an alternative. People still get the nicotine buzz they crave, but without the dozens of carcinogenic materials found in burning tobacco.

In case anyone is any doubt as to the harm cigarettes cause, here are the facts, courtesy of the World Health Organization. Half of the people smoking today will die, making a grim total of 7 million tobacco-related deaths around the world each year. Equally shocking, second-hand smokers account for close to 1 million of that global death toll from this addictive pastime that’s increasingly being frowned upon (US deaths from tobacco are at least 480,000 per year).

New Zealand is among a growing number of countries that have declared their intention to try and go entirely smoke-free in the coming years. The country’s politicians recognize that not everyone is going to quit cigarettes, so they’ve set a goal that by 2025, less than 5% of the population of almost 4.7 million people will not be smoking. They plans to do this by shielding children from cigarette ads and promotions, reducing tobacco supplies and providing support for those who want to stop smoking.

A Right Royal Effort

Other nations, including the UK, are following suit and seeking ways to get people off tobacco. Doctors at the Royal Society of Medicine — one of Britain’s most prestigious medical institutions and one that dates back to 1805 and includes such legendary luminaries as Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur and Sigmund Freud as honorary fellows — are to meet later this month in London to discuss the issue.

“The purpose of this meeting is to explore the strategies that will enable the countries of the United Kingdom to become tobacco-free,” the Society said of the event, titled Winning the End-Game Against Tobacco. “It will look at the opportunities that arise from legislation, health education, treatments supporting smoking cessation and the contribution of advocacy.”

Already in the UK, several leading bodies have conducted in-depth research into vaping as a way to get people off cigarettes, and they have given the increasingly popular e-cigarette the thumbs-up.

The equally prestigious Royal College of Physicians has published a report on vaping and concluded that “e-cigarettes are likely to be beneficial to UK public health”, calling on them to be widely promoted. “Smokers can therefore be reassured and encouraged to use them, and the public can be reassured that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking,” it said.

In the same vein, one of the UK’s top cancer charities, Cancer Research UK, conducted a long-term study into vaping and found that e-cigarettes were “safer than smoking. Cancer Research UK-funded scientists found that people who swapped smoking regular cigarettes for e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy for at least six months had much lower levels of toxic and cancer-causing substances in their body than people who continued to use conventional cigarettes,” the organization said.

Nixing Nicotine

Here in the United States — where people can easily get e-cigarettes from a good vape shop — while there’s no such plan currently in the works, the Food and Drug Administration is moving ahead with a proposal to lower the nicotine content of cigarettes to “non-addictive levels.” This, it is believed, may turn out to be a boost for the vaping industry, as more people turn to e-cigarettes, whose e-liquid refills contain differing levels of nicotine, to get their desired hit.

“The overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes — the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said. “Unless we change course, 5.6 million young people alive today will die prematurely later in life from tobacco use. Envisioning a world where cigarettes would no longer create or sustain addiction, and where adults who still need or want nicotine could get it from alternative and less harmful sources, needs to be the cornerstone of our efforts — and we believe it’s vital that we pursue this common ground.”

And even the government’s own advice on vaping is coming under fire. Last year, the Surgeon General said that vaping among young people was becoming a major public concern — but a re-analysis of the data used for the assertion proved that the conclusions may have been wrong.

New research into the Surgeon General’s warning about vaping found it “does not appear to be supported by the best available evidence on the health risks of nicotine use and population survey data on prevalence of frequent e-cigarette use.” It added that “The next US Surgeon General should consider the possibility that future generations of young Americans will be less likely to start smoking tobacco because of, not in spite of, the availability of e-cigarettes.”

Superb 50m Feadship M/Y BROADWATER for Charter

The 165′ Feadship M/Y BROADWATER is one of the most exciting charter yachts available on the market. Broadwater has benefitted from a major 2017 refit to be presented for charter in fabulous condition, with a new beach club, a spectacular modern interior, and an alfresco gym and massage area.

Broadwater, 164-foot Feadship in St Barths


Originally a Donald Starkey design, the 2017 redesign of BROADWATER included an interior refit by award-winning young designer Adam Voorhees, who has created a modern masterpiece of airy rooms fitted out with designer furniture, silky soft grey carpets, and bright splashes of modern art.  Stunning interior features include the master bathroom with its striking white and grey marble and deep metal plunge bath, the unusual circular sky lounge, and the spiral staircase feature wall in a dazzling metal finish inspired by Japanese art of Omikugi.

The 2017 refit has not only transformed the décor and engineering onboard BROADWATER, but has added exceptional guest spaces as well. A sixth stateroom has been added on the main deck, an alfresco gym and massage space now inhabits the boat deck, and the lazarette has been transformed into a luxury beach club.


M/Y BROADWATER now accommodates up to 12 guests in six stunning staterooms. On the main deck you’ll find the glamorous yet calming master suite with huge marble bathroom and adjoining office, as well as the new queen-sized main deck VIP. On the lower deck there are two king staterooms and two twin-to-king convertibles, two of which feature extra Pullman bunks. This generous and convertible accommodation layout makes this yacht an extremely attractive charter proposition for family, friends, or corporate groups. All lower staterooms have modern ensuite bathrooms finished with marble, wood, and beautiful patterned floor tiles.

Out on deck there are some stunning spaces for dining and relaxing, from the aft deck lounge and bar to the upper deck dining table. The sundeck is a glamorous place for relaxing and partying with friends and family, with a bar overlooking the raised Jacuzzi and sunpad area, and a comfortable bank of sofas curving around the stern. Down on the waterline you’ll find the new beach club and a swim platform for launching off on the yacht’s watertoys or boarding the tender for shore trips.

Another exceptional drawcard of this charter yacht is the shoal draft of just 7’10”, which allows M/Y BROADWATER access to shallow cruising grounds and anchorages such as the Bahamas that many other yachts in this size range can’t hope to fit into. Carrying zero speed stabilizers, state of the art navigation equipment, and a fresh paint job including a striking new dark blue hull, BROADWATER is a brilliant charter opportunity in 2017. M/Y BROADWATER is available for charter in the West Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Bahamas from $260,000 per week.

Tips for Feeding your Husky on a Road Trip

Everyone loves a road trip, and with summer all around, you may be thinking of getting your car on the road and heading for an unknown destination, in search of fun and adventure. But your Husky is a part of your family, and of course, your furry friend will be riding shotgun with you. But feeding your Husky on a road trip can be tricky business if you’re not prepared.

You want your Husky to be as happy on your road trip as you will be, and feeding your Husky properly is key to a happy furry passenger. Here are a few tips to keeping your four legged friend happy, well fed and content.

  • Always carry enough water: You may be headed into a desert or a forest with no water source nearby. The last thing you want is to be stranded somewhere, with a very thirsty Husky in tow. A road trip is supposed to be fun, and you don’t want to be spending your last few dollars on expensive bottles of water that don’t seem to last. Carry ample water – keeping your Husky well hydrated means they will have regular bathroom breaks and healthy tummies.
  • Carry your brand of dog food: Your pet may be partial to a certain brand – ensuring that you have enough dog food with you will keep your Husky a happy camper. Feeding them junk food will not be good for Huskies, especially on a long road trip.
  • Keep food ready: Huskies are generally grazers, and they will always eat a little during the whole day. As you will be traveling, it may not be possible to keep a bowl of food nearby, because you could potentially mess up your car. But you can make periodic stops to make sure they have enough calorie intakes in the day.
  • Don’t feed them right before the road trip: Just like little kids, Husky pups can be prone to car sickness, and you have less of a mess to clean up if they don’t have food swirling around their tummies during the trip. Avoid feeding your Husky two hours prior to your journey.
  • Make frequent stops: Just like humans, Huskies also get bored on a long journey. Make a short stop every hour or so to stretch your legs and allow your Husky to do the same. This would be a great time to feed them and give them water to drink. These frequent stops are a great way of making sure your Husky is happy, healthy and definitely not hungry. Plus, letting them exercise will hopefully keep them tired while you’re driving – snooze time is worry free time for you and your pet.
  • Bring food to settle an upset tummy: It’s unavoidable, but dogs do pass gas and you really don’t want to be stuck in a closed car with your pet farting away to glory. You may think that’s gross, but that’s the reality which many people don’t address. Bring yogurt or canned pumpkins that act as great tummy settlers.