To Russia with Love

This is the first of a series of posts about our River Cruise in Russia. I plan to post some of my 500 or so photographs from the trip on the blog, but I have computer problems at present so they will need to follow later. I decided not to publish these posts in real time to avoid advertising the fact that we were on holiday. Welcome to Russia...

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A Fit of the Vapers

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".

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“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." Harry S Truman.

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