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US CDC reports more vaping deaths

US health officials on Thursday 14 November reported 2,172 confirmed and probable cases and three more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the death toll to 42, so far this year, reports Reuters Health. The... November 24th, 2019

Vaping illnesses are linked to vitamin E acetate, says CDC

A form of vitamin E has been identified as a “very strong culprit” in lung injuries related to vaping THC, health officials reported on 8 November – a major advance in a frightening outbreak that has killed 40 people and sickened 2,051,... November 24th, 2019

Trump retreats from flavour ban for e-cigarettes

Advisers say that US President Donald Trump has pulled back from proposed restrictions intended to curb teenage vaping after he was warned of the political fallout among voters, write Annie Karni, Maggie Haberman and Sheila Kaplan... November 24th, 2019

Drug rehab programmes vital in Western Cape’s drug abuse fight

The Western Cape Health Department said that the only way to truly put a dent in drug abuse is through collaboration, writes Kevin Brandt for Eye Witness News. The department spends more than R18 million a year on dealing with issues... November 24th, 2019

US shelves its plan to sharply cut nicotine in cigarettes

US regulators are hitting the brakes on plans to force tobacco companies to drastically reduce addictive nicotine in cigarettes, retreating on an ambitious public health initiative that comes amid increasing worry about nicotine use among... November 24th, 2019

Dramatic increase in vaping among Canadian high school students

Nearly one-third of high school students in Alberta and Quebec and one in four in Ontario say they have vaped in the past month, according to new survey data that show sharp increases in e-cigarette use in Canada’s four most populous... November 24th, 2019

New York’s smoking age went up this month

Adults under 21 won't be able to buy vape pods or a pack of smokes in New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo's office reminded in early November, reports NBC. The state's minimum age to buy tobacco and e-cigarette products was raised from 18 to 21... November 24th, 2019

Addiction Research

Opioid prescription doses increasingly tapered, often too rapidly

Stigma and safety fears have made daily dose tapering of opioid prescriptions more common. Research from the University of California – Davis – shows tapering can occur at rates as much as six times higher than recommended, putting patients at... November 24th, 2019

Vaping less harmful than smoking for vascular health

Cigarette smokers who transition to nicotine-containing vaporisers could significantly improve their vascular health, a major University of Dundee study has concluded. Smokers who switched to e-cigarettes demonstrated a significant improvement in... November 24th, 2019

Substance use and first-episode psychosis in the Eastern Cape

In keeping with national and international literature, research from Walter Sisulu University showed a high prevalence of substance use in South African patients with first-episode psychosis. In the first study of its kind in the Eastern Cape, a... November 24th, 2019

A neurobehavioural approach to addiction is vital for prevention

In recent years, heroin and other opioid fatalities have escalated to crisis proportions, intensifying the need for evidence-based recommendations for educational and policy campaigns to prevent substance abuse. Researchers at the University... November 24th, 2019

Meditation reduced opioid dose needed to ease chronic pain by 75%

A study published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine presents new evidence that mind-body interventions can help reduce pain in people who have been taking prescription opioids – and can lead to reductions in the drug's dose –... November 24th, 2019

Study finds teen vaping probably doesn't lead to smoking

While many public health advocates have suggested that vaping may lead to cigarette smoking, a study in Nicotine & Tobacco Research published by Oxford University Press suggests that cigarette smoking may be entirely... November 24th, 2019

Money spent on beer ads linked to underage drinking

Advertising budgets and strategies used by beer companies appear to influence underage drinking in the United States, according to research from Iowa State University, published in ScienceDaily. By understanding behaviour the researchers... November 24th, 2019

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