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  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020

  • The research is in. Scientists have discovered a cure for cannabis addiction — and it turns out to be cannabis!

    That was the gist of a headline-generating paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a Journal of the American Medical Association, which wasn’t trying to be satirical.

    The July 2019 report, titled “Nabiximols for the Treatment of Cannabis Dependence: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” described an Australian study that probed the use of a standardized cannabis extract for treating cannabis dependence.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Tobacco giant sticks up for ‘safer’ option

  • Smoking giant Philip Morris wants to introduce a new tobacco product in Australia: heated “sticks” it claims are an alternative to vaping and smoking that “produce fewer and/or lower ­levels of toxic chemicals than ­cigarettes”.

    The heated tobacco products are legal in the US, the UK and other countries including New Zealand and Japan. The Therapeutic Goods Administration will decide if they can be sold here. Health Minister Greg Hunt has previously made it clear he does not support alternative tobacco products. [...]

  • Monday, December 02, 2019

  • The latest communique released by the intergovernmental Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum notes that Health Ministers discussed the growing evidence from both Australia and overseas implicating e-cigarettes in a range of harms to population health.

    “Broadly, this evidence concerns the direct harms e-cigarettes pose to human health, their impact on smoking initiation and cessation, uptake among youth and dual use with conventional tobacco products,” the communique states.

    The Ministers agreed to monitor evidence as it emerges.

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019

  • The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with e-liquids after information it describes as “alarming” revealed the product is becoming “more deadly”.

    Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos released data from the Victorian Poisons Information Centre that shows concentrations of nicotine are getting stronger and the number of child poisonings from e-liquids are increasing.

    The standard nicotine percentage in pre-packaged liquids is between 0.06% to 0.38%.

  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Sydney fire haze equal to ‘smoking 32 cigarettes’


    A respiratory diseases expert has estimated the effect on your lungs of inhaling Sydney’s current fire haze is the equivalent of smoking 32 cigarettes.

    And hazardous chemicals in the smoke could adversely affect the babies of pregnant women or cause heart attacks in people with underlying cardiac conditions.

    Associate Professor Brian Oliver has analysed the levels of smoke-related particulate, or soot, pollution since the acrid-tasting air from the state’s bushfires moved over the city this week.


  • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
  • Doctors at odds over value of vaping, as study finds it's just as harmful as cigarettes

  • Vaping is just as harmful to human health as cigarettes, and even has the potential to cause lung cancer, scientists at the University of Tasmania have found. "When we stimulate the cells with these new gadgets, they switch on to produce cancer-related proteins," Dr Sukhwinder Sohal, from the University of Tasmania, said.

    [...] Brad McKay is among a group of Australian doctors who believe vaping is a better alternative to cigarettes. Dr McKay said he would support someone vaping if they had tried everything to quit without success.