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Tucker Carlson debated the potential negative effects of marijuana Wednesday night with an author who recently published a pro-marijuana book. David Bienenstock is the author of “How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High.” “Most of the claims made by [marijuana] proponents are unproven. But the CDC does say there is a relationship between marijuana use and rising schizophrenia rates and violence. So why should we legalize something we know causes schizophrenia?” Carlson asked.

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Tobacco and alcohol use, both genetically inheritable behaviors, influence risk for many complex diseases and disorders and are leading causes of mortality. The University of Minnesota was part of a research collaboration that conducted the first study, recently published in Nature Genetics, to identify hundreds of genomic locations associated with addictive behaviors. Researchers found more than 500 genetic variants that affect the use of and addiction to tobacco and alcohol. Until now, only a few of such variants had been identified.

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The government allowed the tobacco industry to get away with murder for more than 40 years. In 1964, the Surgeon General issued a report linking smoking to lung cancer. Yet not until 2009 was the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act passed to effectively regulate tobacco products in our country. Today, the e-cigarette epidemic represents a virtually identical crisis and our government is turning a blind eye to history repeating itself. The rise in e-cigarette use among teens is unprecedented.

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Taking a toke or two from a measly joint may not seem like a big deal compared to the various ways you can use the drug. But to teenagers, whose bodies are still developing, even a tiny bit of cannabis use appears to have profound effects. [...] Brain volume and cannabis use have been linked in previous studies, but the authors of the new paper were particularly interested in how much — more specifically, how little — it actually takes for the drug to exert its effects.

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The nation’s top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine.

E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, according to the latest U.S. figures, which show that Juul and similar products have quickly outpaced cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other substances that have been tracked over more than four decades.

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Giving up smoking is crucial for your overall health, and it’s the number one cause of cancer in the UK. But what’s the best way to give up smoking? ITV This Morning’s Dr Chris Steele suggests using nicotine replacement therapy. An addiction to cigarettes is caused by the addiction to nicotine, but smoking’s harmful effects come from the other chemicals involved. Satisfying your addiction to nicotine without those chemicals could help to boost your chances of success, he said.

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Most of what we know about nicotine addiction in teens, we know from cigarettes. But experts say the technology and chemistry of vaping might pose an entirely different threat.

"It turns out that e-cigarette use by kids doesn't look the same at all," said Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital. "How you're delivering [nicotine] and how much you're delivering ... everything you change really matters."
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The High Court has granted an interim injunction with pan-EU effect on the basis of a registered Community design (RCD) relating to Philip Morris International’s (“PMI“) IQOS system, a flagship product in PMI’s range of smoke-free products that are less harmful alternatives to smoking. The interim injunction was granted against a Chinese manufacturer, Shenzhen Shunbao Technology Co. Ltd (“Shunbao“), which was attempting to launch a highly visually similar product onto the European market.

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Fatos Hande Harmanci, representative of the World Health Organization in Azerbaijan said, that tobacco use remains a serious problem all over the world.

“Unfortunately, there are also many tobacco users in Azerbaijan”, she said.

She noted that about 1.3 million people use tobacco in Azerbaijan.

"Half of the people who use tobacco in the country die before the age of 70. Therefore, it is crucial to fight seriously in order to prevent tobacco use. [...]

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Analysis has revealed the huge amount of money going up in smoke each year, with Aussie smokers blowing a collective $14 billion on their habits.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data released last month found 13.8 per cent of people consider themselves to be daily smokers, choking back half a packet of cigarettes each on average.

While smoking rates have declined over the past two decades, more recently those reductions have slowed.

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Altria may see its $13 billion investment in electronic cigarette leader Juul as a means of getting in front of government regulation of the devices, and Juul might view it as a way to vastly increase its distribution and marketing. But the Food and Drug Administration is hopping mad about the partnership, apparently seeing it as both companies going back on their pledge to limit teen access to e-cigarettes.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told The New York Times that Altria and Juul made specific commitments to the agency [...]

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Harm reduction advocates commonly argue the same point: Vaping is a viable means for cessation from combustible cigarettes. This is a true statement that has long been supported by a consistently growing body of academic and scientific work suggesting that vaping is alternatively safer than smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes that deliver over 7,000 chemicals (including scores of carcinogens) with the addictive additive, nicotine. [...]

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Despite the progressive stance of the UK government on vaping, and the local campaigns aiming to educate the public about relative benefits of using vaporizers as smoking cessation tools, recent research finds that local smokers are still overestimating the harm from vaping. Research from King’s College London which was recently published in the journal Addiction, indicated that smokers and ex-smokers in the UK still believe that vaporizers are more harmful than they actually are.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the state's minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 — to curb their use by younger people.

Cuomo announced Saturday that he will include the proposal in his 2019 executive budget. [...] The legislation would ban sale of tobacco and electronic cigarette products in pharmacies, restrict their display in retail stores that are not adult-only and require that e-cigarettes be sold only by licensed retailers.

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A REVIEW of the ban on e-cigarettes is being launched in light of difficulties in enforcing the law.

A working panel led by the Commerce Ministry has assigned the Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Centre (TRC) to conduct a study in response to legal hurdles affecting implementation of the ban.

The panel was set up late last year to reconcile conflicting opinions on both sides of the debate about banning e-cigarettes and how to enforce the ban, [...]

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Food safety and standards authority of India (FSSAI) has submitted its reply before high court in a petition seeking printing of nicotine and tar content on cigarette packets, denying any regulation over smoking tobacco products or cigarettes.

FSSAI submitted that they could only regulate food items and were taking steps towards exercising the ban on use of nicotine and tar in food products, including pan masala and gutka.

 

 

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An upsurge in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students in the United States occurred nationally between 2011 and 2018, with nearly 21 of every 100 high school students surveyed reporting e-cigarette use in the past 30 days, according to data from experts at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This trend is not by chance. Tobacco companies have spent billions of dollars annually on tobacco product advertisement, according to a Federal Trade Commission report, [...]

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Juul Labs, the company behind the insanely popular vaping device, has a message for the nation’s estimated 37.8 million adult smokers:

It really, really, really cares about them. And it wants them (and onlythem — got that, teens?) to try vaping instead.

“For smokers. By design,” blares the company’s website. A new $10 million TV ad campaign, called “Make the Switch,” echoes that theme, featuring testimonials from ex-smokers, all comfortably above the legal smoking age, who have swapped their cigarettes for a Juul.

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Tobacco is four times more available in low-income communities compared to affluent ones, says a Māori health organisation.

Hāpai Te Hauora said increasing the tax on tobacco was good but reducing where it was sold would be more beneficial to Māori.

However, one researcher disputed that and said the best thing for Māori was to scrap the tax hike altogether. Hapai Te Hauora spokesperson Mihi Blair said there was a stark difference in how much tobacco was available in different parts of Auckland.

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A new UAE study has confirmed what every shisha lover has long suspected: there are higher levels of cancer-causing metals in shisha products than in cigarettes. The ­research was co-authored by ­Professor Mohamed Al Hajjaj of the University of Sharjah, Abdus Khan of Khalifa University, [...] The study looked at 13 medwakh tobacco products and three shisha products, analysing their properties to determine metal concentrations. Their findings may not have been surprising, but they were terrifying all the same. [...]

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