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Stoptober: Stop Smoking Retreats Are On The Up

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Over 250,000 smokers last year took part in last year’s Stoptober [1]. With smoking rates continuing to decrease each year, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in wellness holidays worldwide, has seen a popular trend in stop smoking holidays.

Still the biggest cause of preventable illness and premature death in the UK [2], after just a year of living smoke free, the risk of a heart attack reduce by half, but quitting on home turf, whilst surrounded by all your old haunts and habits can be hard. If the thought of quitting smoking by going cold turkey whilst dealing with work stress and daily temptation has you reaching for your lighter, why not take your first steps towards breaking the bad habit on a specialist quit smoking retreat.

With the support of wellness experts, these personalised retreats combine behaviour modification, nutritional guidance, specialised treatments and lifestyle coaching, to ensure that the causes of smoking are addressed. The long-term answer to managing personal triggers and replacing smoking with healthier lifestyle habits, start 2017 smoke free and open a new chapter of your health.

Spain: SHA Anti-Tobacco

Learn how to say goodbye to tobacco once and for all at this luxury medical spa retreat on the Spanish coastline. Following an initial heart and lung check, benefit from individualised anti-anxiety phytotherapy and psychotherapy coaching sessions, which will set you firmly on the path to success. Remove the signs of tar build up with dental cleaning to make those pearly whites shine and feel the benefit of acupuncture and oxygen therapy sessions to feel revitalised on both the inside and out. Fill your lungs with seaside air on a sailing excursion or learn how to manage stress with classes including Tai Chi and yoga.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at SHA Wellness Clinic from £4,200pp or £4,890 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, an anti-tobacco programme, return flights and transfers.

Brazil: Kurotel Anti-Tobacco

Specifically designed to help you break your ties to your cigarettes, this healthy retreat is set amongst the beauty of Brazil. Gain positive control over your cravings and adopt a sustainable approach to going smoke free with the help of a dedicated medical team. Expert medical, psychotherapy, dental, dermatological and nutritional consultations combined with tests and treatments to improve your airway and lung ventilation will help you return you home cleansed and determined. Health lectures, meditation and cooking classes can spark new interests whilst the opportunity to visit local vineyards and waterfalls offers a welcome distraction from temptation.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Kurotel from £3,265pp or £3,455 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, with an anti-tobacco programme, return flights and transfers.

Spain: Marbella Club Anti-Tobacco

Breathe free on this specialist anti-tobacco holiday and take the time to focus on how to stop smoking for good at this luxurious beach-side wellness retreat in sunny Spain. Secluded in a wellness haven, you will be guided and supported by health professionals as you are assisted through the initial period of withdrawal symptoms. Benefit from expert stress management sessions to understanding the addiction and strengthen your self-discipline. Combined with detoxifying spa treatments and healthy nutrition to cleanse your body, this healthy holiday will set you on the path to successfully return home tobacco free.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Marbella Club from £3,515pp or £4,400 for single occupancy. Price includes half-board, with an anti-tobacco programme, return flights and transfers.

For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com/stop-smoking-holidays or call 0203 397 8891

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy

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Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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How Going Green Can Save Your Business Thousands

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Running a company isn’t easy. From reporting wages in an efficient way to meeting deadlines and targets, there’s always something to think about – with green business ideas giving entrepreneurs something extra to ponder. While environmental issues may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it could save your business thousands, so let’s delve deeper into this issue.

Small waste adds up over time

A computer left on overnight might not seem like the end of the world, right? Sure, it’s a rather minor issue compared to losing a client or being refused a loan – but small waste adds up over time. Conserving energy is an effective money saver, so to hold onto that hard-earned cash, try to:

  • Turn all electrical gadgets off at the socket rather than leaving them on standby as the latter can crank up your energy bill without you even realizing.
  • Switch all lights off when you exit a room and try switching to halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes as these can use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent and are therefore more efficient.
  • Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels which help you to understand their energy requirements over time.
  • Draught-proof your premises as sealing up leaks could slash your energy bills by 30 per cent.

Going electronic has significant benefits

If you don’t want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, why not opt for digital documents instead of printing everything out? Not only will this save a lot of money on paper and ink but it will also conserve energy and help protect the planet. You may even be entitled to one of the many tax breaks and grants issued to organizations committed to achieving their environmental goals. This is particularly good news for start-ups with limited funds as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is keen to support companies opening up their company in a green manner.

Of course, if you’re used to handing out brochures and leaflets at every company meeting or printing out newsletters whenever you get the chance, going electronic may be a challenge – but here are some things you can try:

  • Using PowerPoint presentations not printouts
  • Communicating via instant messenger apps or email
  • Using financial software to manage your books
  • Downloading accounting software to keep track of figures
  • Arranging digital feedback and review forms
  • Making the most of Google Docs

Going green can help you to make money too

Going green and environmental stability is big news at the moment with many companies doing their bit for the environment. While implementing eco-friendly strategies will certainly save you money, reducing your carbon footprint could also make you a few bucks too. How? Well, consumers care about what brands are doing more than ever before, with many deliberately siding with those who are implementing green policies. Essentially, doing your bit for the environment is a PR dream as it allows you to talk about what everyone wants to hear.

Going green can certainly save your money but it should also improve your reputation too and give you a platform to promote your business.

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