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Addiction News

Death could be first in US linked to vaping, officials say

Health officials are reporting what could be America’s first death linked to vaping, writes Associated Press in The Guardian. There are also reports of nearly 200 people across the United States suffering respiratory illnesses after... August 29th, 2019

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572 million for opioid crisis

A US judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson responsible for fuelling Oklahoma’s opioid crisis, ordering the company to pay $572 million to remedy the devastation wrought by the epidemic on the state and its residents, writes Lenny... August 29th, 2019

Sacklers would lose Purdue Pharma, $3 billion in opioid settlement

The Sackler family would give up ownership of Purdue Pharma, the company blamed for much of the US opioid epidemic, and pay $3 billion of their own money under terms of a settlement proposal to resolve thousands of federal and state lawsuits,... August 29th, 2019

Teen use of marijuana 'concentrates' raise addiction concerns

Wax. Honey oil. Budder. Shatter. Dabs. Black glass. These are some of the names given to extremely potent marijuana concentrates that a startling number of teenagers are using, according to a study in Arizona, reports Dennis Thompson for HealthDay... August 29th, 2019

Tobacco industry opposes South African laws to curb smoking

The South African government is under pressure to scrap proposed new tobacco laws meant to curb smoking, among other goals, writes Bekezela Phakathi for Business Day. Meanwhile, a survey has shown that 88% of South Africans agree that if... August 29th, 2019

Easing privacy rules proposed to improve addiction treatment

The Trump administration proposed to ease privacy rules governing addiction treatment on 22 August in an effort to give doctors access to key information about a patient, writes Peter Sullivan for The Hill. The Department of Health and Human... August 29th, 2019

Experts urge India medics not to recommend banning e-cigs

More than 60 specialists in nicotine, science and medicine have urged the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to reconsider its recommendation to prohibit e-cigarettes, citing a critical appraisal by experts which stated that the research... August 29th, 2019

Italy wants to send phone-addicted teenagers to rehab

A politician in Italy submitted a bill in late July that is intended to curb what she perceives as the rising threat of ‘phone addiction’ among teenagers, reports Isobel Asher Hamilton for Business Insider US. Vittoria Casa, a member of... August 29th, 2019

Google feature can help fight Android app addiction

If phone addicts struggle with apps sucking up too much time, they can outsource some self-discipline thanks to a new Android app, writes Katie Conner for CNet. Focus Mode, a new Android feature, announced in May, brushes aside distracting apps... August 29th, 2019

Addiction Research

MDMA (ecstasy) treatment for alcoholism could reduce relapse

The first study looking into the use of MDMA – commonly known as ecstasy – to treat alcohol addiction has shown that the treatment is safe, writes Helena Blackstone for The Guardian. Early results show encouraging outcomes from the approach,... August 29th, 2019

Social media stress can lead to social media addiction

Social network users risk becoming more and more addicted to social media platforms even as they experience stress from their use, reports Lancaster University in the UK. Using the same environment that is causing stress as means of coping with... August 29th, 2019

Quitting smoking associated with lower risk of CVD

Heavy cigarette smokers with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 39% within five years if they quit, according to a US study. But it takes at least five to 10 years, and perhaps up to 25... August 29th, 2019

Misinformation, lack of access, confusion hamper quitting smoking

Philip Morris International Inc on 20 August released a ‘white paper’ titled “Unsmoke: Clearing the way for change” based on findings from an international study conducted by independent research firm Povaddo. It reveals some of the... August 29th, 2019

Daily e-cigarette use may help smokers quit regular cigarettes

A study from Massachusetts General Hospital's Tobacco Research and Treatment Center provides critical population-level evidence demonstrating that using e-cigarettes daily helps US smokers to quit combustible (regular) cigarettes. The report,... August 29th, 2019

A moral problem – Barriers to e-cigarettes for smoking cessation

Ensuring that vaping is cheaper than smoking is key to harm reduction among poorer communities in the United Kingdom, research by sociologist Frances Thirlway of the University of York has found. The article “Nicotine addiction as a moral... August 29th, 2019

Advertising restrictions needed to curb vaping among youth

As the popularity of e-cigarettes among Canadian teens surged, advertisements in stores and on TV contributed to their popularity – and now need to be regulated – according to researchers from the University of Texas, reports CBC... August 29th, 2019

E-cigs can trigger same lung changes seen in smokers, emphysema

E-cigarette 'vaping' is widely assumed to be safer than cigarette smoking, but scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have uncovered evidence suggesting that vaping promotes the same cellular responses found in smokers who... August 29th, 2019

Study finds vaping just once leads to reduced vascular function

Vaping has been marketed as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes. However, a single e-cigarette can be harmful to the body’s blood vessels – even when the vapour is entirely nicotine-free – according to a study by researchers in... August 29th, 2019

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