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SALT LAKE CITY — Six months after medical marijuana became legal for purchase inside Utah for the first time, the program has already surpassed enrollment projections.

But high demand has also led to shortages in both product and providers interested in recommending medical marijuana to patients.

“It’s been going. It’s been going well, as with all new programs and people starting and really pushing to get up and going like they did early on — and now (producers) are starting to find their traction to be able to keep moving forward,” said Cody James, [...]

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Over 200,000 Australians have either taken up the habit or switched from traditional cigarettes, but the effect e-cigarettes have on people's health and lung function still remains a mystery to researchers. A team of researchers at the University of Southern Queensland are hoping a new study, led by researcher Dean Mills, will provide answers around how the practice known as "vaping" affects lung health. Dr Mills said given e-cigarettes were relatively new devices, very little research had been done on their effects.

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E‐cigarette aerosols are exceedingly different from conventional tobacco smoke, containing dozens of chemicals not found in cigarette smoke. It is highly likely that chronic use of e‐cigarettes will induce pathologic changes in both the heart and lungs. Here we review human and animal studies published to date and summarize the cardiopulmonary physiologic changes caused by vaping. In terms of cardiac physiology, acute exposure to e‐cigarette aerosols in human subjects led to increased blood pressure and heart rate, similar to traditional cigarettes. [...]

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In line with data from across the globe, newly released data New Mexico Department of Health 2019 Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, have indicated that as vaping rates have increased, the use of other forms of tobacco has decreased. “Teens have largely gotten the message about the dangers of smoking and pitched their Camels and Kools. But now, many are vaping, negating the gains the anti-tobacco forces hoped to see in New Mexico’s high schools,” [...]

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GENEVA - The World Health Organization reports tobacco kills 1.9 million people, or 20 percent of all those who die every year from coronary heart disease. In advance of World Heart Day (September 29), WHO, the World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia have released a new report warning of the dangers of tobacco-induced heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death on Earth, killing an estimated 17.9 million people every year. The World Health Organization reports smoking and second-hand smoke are responsible for nearly two million of these deaths.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with the Washington economy and many of its industries, it has boosted at least one: the state’s legal marijuana operations.

Marijuana sales at state-licensed stores jumped in March as the state went into its “Stay Safe” restrictions with workers in nonessential jobs told to stay home and many stores and entertainment venues closed, data from the state Liquor and Cannabis Board show.

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New research by BAT indicates that modern oral products (MOPs) showed lower toxicity responses in certain assays than traditional cigarettes.

Scientists analysed the toxicological impact of one of BAT's nicotine pouch products, formerly called Lyft and now known as Velo, in an in vitro laboratory-based test. Velo was compared with a reference cigarette (1R6F) and reference Swedish-style snus pouch (CRP1.1).

Velo was found to be less biologically active than cigarette smoke and snus, even at greater concentrations of nicotine, across a range of tests. [...]

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University of Houston researchers have found that during early pregnancy, the mix of alcohol and nicotine significantly alters the gene regulatory pathways of the developing fetus, which can lead to major deficiencies in brain development.

Metin Akay, founding chair and John S. Dunn Endowed Chair Professor of biomedical engineering is reporting the findings, the first study of its kind, in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

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Since their staggeringly successful introduction to the global market, vape products have established a reputation as an effective alternative to cigarettes. A growing number of smokers have successfully used vape products to quit smoking. However, studies have revealed that a significant proportion of vapers are non-smokers. This suggests that, rather than quitting nicotine, a large number of users are initially exposed to the addictive substance through vaping… So, is there an alternative?

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The time for appeasement is over, says Michael Scott, the trial lawyer who filed a constitutional challenge to Nova Scotia’s arbitrary and pernicious vaping product laws. In this episode of RegWatch we are joined by lawyer Michael Scott to discuss the specifics of the legal challenge and by plaintiffs Ryan Landry and Bill MacEachern, co-owners of Cloud Factory Vape Shop in Nova Scotia, who explain the devastating impact of the new regulations.

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Vaping could soon join smoking as a forbidden activity in city streets and parks in Hamilton.

The Hamilton City Council is set to revisit the issue of banning vaping at a meeting of its community committee on Tuesday, which could result in the organisation belatedly following the lead of other councils around the country – including the Hauraki and Matamata-Piako district councils – that have amended their Smokefree policies to include vaping.

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Vaping in pregnancy increases the risk of having a child with behavioural problems, according to new research. Exposure to flavoured e-cig chemicals in the womb leads to hyperactive offspring, while those with nicotine cause even more dramatic changes to a growing foetus' grey matter, warn scientists.

Lead author Professor Mathilakath Vijayan said: "Vape flavourants dull sensory perception and cause hyperactivity in developing zebrafish embryos."

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The U.S. House of Representatives may soon vote on a historic measure to end federal prohibition on cannabis.

Ironically, just as the public and political leaders realize the folly of prohibiting cannabis, we are rushing toward a new prohibition with many of the same pitfalls.

Prohibiting nicotine vapor is unjustified by all the science so far, which shows health risks are low. Worse, prohibition would prove tragic for smokers, who will be deterred from quitting their deadly habit.

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The synthetic cannabinoid AMB-FUBINACA has re-emerged in New Zealand, prompting urgent warnings from health experts.

The use of synthetic drugs has been on the decline since a “major public health crisis” saw up to 70 people die about three years ago.

Drug Information and Alerts Aotearoa New Zealand issued a warning about the drug this week, saying it has been detected in “a number of locations across New Zealand”.

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On Wednesday 23 September, the Monegasque Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (IMSEE) announced the results of its study on Monaco’s high school students’ addictions. Smoking, drinking, drug as well as social media and internet habits were all analysed.

IMSEE’s conducted its survey in April 2019. Data was collected from the whole of Monaco’s high school population. The study’s main conclusion is that between 2007 and 2019, drug, alcohol and tobacco use dropped amongst Monaco’s high school students, even if 93% of them had tried such substances at least once.

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To the relief of many in the anti-smoking scientific community, longtime anti-vaping extremist Stanton A Glantz, has suddenly retired from the University of California-San Francisco without warning and/or explanation. “I have finally retired from UCSF, ready to move to the next phase,” wrote Glantz in a message to colleagues. “I will also be continuing to work with my UCSF colleagues to complete work that is under way. From talking to colleagues who have already retired, I am confident that there will be more ways that I can keep contributing to fighting the tobacco industry and promoting public health.”

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The pandemic has sparked yet another problem, Japan Tobacco International Inc. warns: more illicit trade in cigarettes. Organized crime rings have set up illegal warehouses and factories across European countries such as Greece, Ireland and Belgium, to be closer to target markets like the U.K., Japan Tobacco executives said in a presentation [...] Decreases in consumers’ discretionary income may fuel demand for cheaper cigarettes, according to the maker of Winston and LD cigarettes.

 

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The latest survey looking at young people’s attitudes to smoking, alcohol and drugs shows that levels of consumption are still remaining much lower than ten years ago across Northern Ireland.

Though there has been a slight rise in the number of young people taking up smoking and having a drink, the year on year statistics still show our young people are being much more careful about taking up habits than at the turn of the century.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with a false advertisement telling kids that “Nicotine in e-cigarettes can harm brain development.” The headline says, “It’s not like you can buy a new brain.” To make it accurate, I’ve added “…for your pet mouse.”

Let me be crystal clear. The harm in brain development federal officials talk non-stop about only happens in laboratory torture of mice. Mouse studies are well known to be of questionable value in predicting human effects. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the claim that nicotine causes harm to human brain development, [...]

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Australians will be allowed to buy e-cigarettes at chemists with a prescription from their doctor under new plans revealed today.

The interim decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which could be finalised later this year, would make it legal to buy and use vapes.

E-cigarettes that contain nicotine are illegal to have or use in every state and territory except South Australia, however they can be imported without a prescription.