Responsibility without blame

Breathlessness is far broader than a physical symptom. It affects people’s mood, self-esteem and social links and often involves feelings of guilt and shame. Breathlessness can also be a symptom of a range of mental disorders, such as panic and anxiety disorders. There … Read more…

Tobacco: Shape Shifting Substance from South America

20 March 2018, Stockton-on-Tees Durham team member Andrew Russell visits Cafe Scientifique in Stockton to discuss tobacco. Join him to ponder the place of this humble plant in indigenous communities, its exploitation by capitalism and the consequences for health, and … Read more…

Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?

Illegal tobacco dangers

This post was originally published by The Conversation. Anthropologist and Life of Breath team member Andrew Russell writes: New figures show that more than half of all teenage smokers in the north-east of England have bought illegal tobacco. The figures, from the 2017 … Read more…

How does culture shape the language of breathlessness?

This is the second of a series of responses to the British Lung Foundation‘s Battle for Breath report. Join us on Twitter to discuss the issues, Thursday 24 November 2016, 12:00GMT #breathreport. Researcher Rebecca Oxley considers what insights anthropology can offer: The British Lung … Read more…

Reflections on vaping 1: An introduction to the world of cloud-chasing

Vaping competition

This post is the first of a series on vaping and vape tricks by Rebecca Oxley, post-doctoral researcher in anthropology on the Life of Breath project. Rebecca is currently looking for people to share their stories about living with breathlessness.  E-cigarettes can make the breath … Read more…

‘With wide lungs’: smoking, wind and air in W. Somerset Maugham’s The Merry-Go-Round

Jess Farr-Cox, Project Manager (Bristol) writes: The Merry-Go-Round is not as well-known as other works by W. Somerset Maugham, such as Of Human Bondage and his enormous output of short stories. Despite reading Maugham for many years, I had never … Read more…

Means and ENDS – e-cigarettes, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and global health diplomacy in action

Can e-cigarettes (also called electronic nicotine delivery systems or ENDS) help curb smoking or are they just a smoke screen allowing tobacco companies to keep people addicted to nicotine? And how should global policy makers proceed when uncertainty makes agreement impossible? In … Read more…