Dangerous Fashion trends you were never told!

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1. Tight and non breathable Underwear for Women
Women wearing tight and non-breathable underwear can lead to urinary tract or other infections. Go for full cotton underpants when sleeping to decrease the chances of infection.

2. Shape wears give you a perfect figure 8, but they have to be tightened on your body to achieve this. The tight garments can compress nerves, leading to pain and numbness, and they can even cause yeast infections. Wear shapewears once in a while, not everyday.

3. Too-heavy earrings. Over sized earrings are inflicting damage on women’s earlobes. Try smaller earrings to give your lovely lobes a break. If you are like me that loves dangling earring, go for lighter ones, and if can’t afford to wear the light ones, do not wear the heavy ones for too long or too many times in a week, simply alternate it.

A person vaping
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India’s cabinet has announced a ban on the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes, saying they pose a risk to health.

A cigarette vendor looks on as one of his customers smokes in Delhi (file photo)Image copyrightAFP
India has more smokers than any other country, except for China

India is the world’s second-largest consumer of tobacco products after China, and more than 900,000 people die in the country each year from tobacco-related illnesses.

Proponents of vaping say it helps people stop smoking and that banning it would encourage ex-smokers to pick up the habit again.

But India’s health ministry, which proposed the ban, says it is in the public interest to ensure vaping doesn’t become an “epidemic” among young people.

While the Indian market seemed ripe for the expansion of popular e-cigarette companies like Juul, it hadn’t taken off like it has in the US or the UK.

Vapers in the US, UK and France spent more than $10bn (£8bn) on smokeless tobacco and vaping products in 2018.

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According to the World Health Organization, there has been a small but steady decrease in the estimated number of smokers globally, to just over one billion.

But it’s a different matter when it comes to vaping.

The number of vapers has been increasing rapidly – from about seven million in 2011 to 41 million in 2018.

Market research group Euromonitor estimates that the number of adults who vape will reach almost 55 million by 2021.

In the US, where the potential health risks of e-cigarettes are in the spotlight, there have been 450 reported cases of lung illness tired to vaping this year. There have also been at least six deaths across 33 states.

Health investigators in the US are trying to establish whether a particular toxin or substance is behind the outbreak, or whether it’s the result of heavy usage.

India’s ban came a day after New York became the second US state to prohibit the use of flavoured e-cigarettes. Critics of vaping say flavours appeal particularly to children and risk them becoming addicted to nicotine.

‘My Instagram got hacked and I lost my business’

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A model wearing clothes by Boresa Kotomah
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A model wearing clothes by Boresa Kotomah, designed by Bree Kotomah

Twenty-three-year-old Bree Kotomah almost gave up on a burgeoning career in fashion design when hackers compromised her business’s Instagram account in November 2018.

“My business at that time was my livelihood. That was what I was doing full-time. I’m self-employed. So if I’m not making money from working, I’m not making money at all so I was just thinking like, ‘What am I going to do?'”

Fashion outfits designed by Boresa Kotomah
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Ms Kotomah’s designs have been worn by actors, influencers, singers, models and dancers

Ms Kotomah was so disheartened that she stopped designing for two months and considered other jobs. But then she decided to give it one more try. She started a new Instagram account, learned more about running a business, and set up a website showcasing her work that offered ready-to-wear clothing available for immediate purchase.

Ms Kotomah’s designs have been worn by actors, singers, social media influencers and music artistes. Her clients include the likes of Maja Jama, Nush Cope, Ebonee Davis, Chidera Eggerue, AfroB, Labrinth, Lianne La havas, Wiz Kid and Mr Eazi.

In January she set up a second Instagram profile, and eight months later she has been awarded the Young Freelancer of the Year award by the IPSE.

Ms Kotomah’s experience is not an isolated one – it is part of a growing trend affecting people who rely heavily on social media like Instagram to promote their businesses.

‘We lost 7,000 followers instantly’

Clare Vaughan runs the United Colours of Benetton clothing shop in Liverpool. Although she trades under the United Colours of Benetton brand, she owns the shop, and uses an Instagram account to promote her shop.

After her Instagram account was compromised, she struggled to get Instagram to take action, and feels her reputation suffered as a result.

“It was awful, absolutely awful. Seven weeks of stress when they could have just closed that page down instantly. Plus, people had lost trust in me,” she told the BBC.

“We lost 7,000 followers instantly and it’s taken me from October to now [to get] almost 4,000 [new] followers.

“Instagram and Facebook are really, really hard to deal with because they’re an American-based company.”

A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, told the BBC: “We use sophisticated measures to stop hackers before they gain access to accounts and we are continuously working to improve our recovery process.

“In the few instances hacking occurs, people can recover accounts through the app and website and we notify people if we see any unauthorised changes to an account.”

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