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  • Friday, August 07, 2020
  • Teens who crave excitement more likely to smoke, use multiple illicit substances

  • A new study of high school seniors in the U.S. suggests that teens who are less satisfied with their lives and seek out risky experiences and exciting, unpredictable friends are more likely to use multiple illicit substances regularly. Teens' attitude toward e-cigarette use also played a critical role in their use of other substances. Students who considered vaping to be a relatively harmless activity were more likely to use significant amounts of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.

  • Wednesday, August 05, 2020
  • Put Down the Vape: Even Tobacco-Free E-Cigarettes Might Damage DNA

  • E-cigarettes (a.k.a. vaporizers or vapes) aren't necessarily a safe substitute for the real thing. Smoking tobacco-free e-cigarettes still damages the users' DNA, increases the rate of genetic mutations, and raises the risk of cancer, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and spotted by Technology Networks. Researchers from New York University School of Medicine exposed the mice to smoke for three months, and then examined their DNA. They found adducts, a form of DNA damage in which a piece of the genetic material bonds to a chemical. [...]

  • Wednesday, August 05, 2020
  • The Real Victims Of The Vaping Anti-Flavor Crusade Are Former Smokers - Opinion

  • The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019.

    We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine products. To curb underage vaping, the government needed to get rid of the flavored nicotine replacement products.

  • Wednesday, August 05, 2020
  • Flavor Ban Hurts Smokers Looking for Harm Reduction

  • The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019.

    We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine products. To curb underage vaping, the government needed to get rid of the flavored nicotine replacement products.

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020
  • The pandemic is eating away at the illicit marijuana market

  • The legal marijuana industry has spent years battling illegal sellers who have eaten away at its market share and undercut its prices.

    But the coronavirus has proven to be a boon for legal pot shops, as customers fear the risks associated with inhaling questionable products and are nervous about letting sellers into their homes. “It's understandable that people may be more hesitant to get their products from sources that are unregulated,” said Kris Krane, CEO of 4Front Ventures, which operates dispensaries in multiple states.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020
  • Women smokers four times as likely as non-smokers to harbour brain aneurysm

  • Women smokers are four times as likely as their non-smoking peers to harbour an unruptured aneurysm—a weakened bulging artery—in the brain, finds research published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. And this risk is even greater—7 times as high—if they also have high blood pressure, the findings indicate. [...] the researchers studied 545 women aged 30 to 60 undergoing brain scans at five large teaching and research hospitals in the USA and Canada between 2016 and 2018.