The health risks of cigarette smoking have been recognised for many years. Most of these risks are thought to be related to the many components of cigarette smoke other than nicotine, but it is the nicotine that gets people hooked on cigarettes. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), particularly in the form of patches but also in the form of lozenges and chewing gum, has been shown to be a useful supplement to will power in those struggling to kick the cigarette habit. Then along came so-called e-cigarettes and the phenomenon of "vaping".
A patient the other day told me that lettuce could help you sleep. I had never heard this notion, and I must confess I was a bit sceptical. The idea of a salad or a lettuce sandwich at bedtime wasn’t that appealing either!
I heard an interview on Radio 4 the other day with Tom Chaplin, who was the lead singer with the band Keane.