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February 11th, 2019 Permitting pot is one thing, promoting its use is another, writes Malcolm Gladwell for The New Yorker. Especially since a cloud of mystery surrounds cannabis – including its medicinal value, its possible relationship to mental illness and...

Addiction News

Exploding e-cigarette kills 24-year-old Texas man

An exploding vaporiser pen resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Texas man, a post-mortem examination has ruled, BBC News reports. The pen's battery blew up when William Brown tried to use it, sending shards of metal into his face and neck and... February 11th, 2019

Decisive plan needed to help addicts in South Africa

While there are programmes to combat drug and alcohol use in South Africa, psychologist Raksha Singh says a major problem is lack of a decisive plan to deal with the increasing number of young patients addicted to whoonga, writes Byrone Athman for... February 11th, 2019

‘Help me, I am a sex addict’ – Cape Town’s Porn Pastor

Cape Town’s former Common Ground Church youth leader nicknamed the ‘Porn Pastor’ was sodomised by the family gardener from about the age of three or four and needs treatment for sexual addiction, not jail time, reports Mike Behr for the... February 11th, 2019

European Commission compares e-cigarettes to ‘poison’

The European Commission is ‘reluctant’ to sit with the tobacco industry at the same table to discuss novel tobacco products such as e-cigarettes, a high-ranking EU official has said, report Gerardo Fortuna and Sarantis Michalopoulos... February 11th, 2019

Small percentage of tobacco funds used to fight cancer

Twenty years ago, Georgia and 45 other US states reached an agreement with tobacco companies that settled all future claims against the firms about smoking. But a shrinking share of the billions of dollars generated goes to cancer prevention and... February 11th, 2019

Hookah smoking gains popularity amid evidence of health risks

While cigarette smoking has hit an all-time low, another form of tobacco use is rising in popularity – hookah smoking – and US researchers are concerned there's a new epidemic brewing, especially among young adults, writes Kelly Lafargue for... February 11th, 2019

Health Canada moves to restrict vape ads targeting youth

Health Canada is proposing new restrictions on advertising vaping products and e-cigarettes to minors, citing concerns about the products’ rising popularity among teens, reports Leslie Young for Global News. Proposed regulations in the draft... February 11th, 2019

Juul, Altria are reneging on promise to combat teen vaping – FDA

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is upping the pressure on Juul and Marlboro-maker Altria, accusing executives of reneging on promises they made to help combat teen vaping in light of Altria's $12.8 billion investment in the... February 11th, 2019

FDA targets Walgreens as biggest youth tobacco sale violator

United States health officials plan to ask for a meeting with top management from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc to discuss what they said was a pattern of illegal tobacco sales to minors at the pharmacy giant’s stores, Bloomberg reports. The... February 11th, 2019

Civil society wants ban on tobacco sales to minors enforced

Civil society organisations working on tobacco control in Nigeria have called for firm enforcement of the National Tobacco Act, which prohibits the sale of tobacco to minors and in single sticks, writes Abbas Jimoh for the Daily Trust. They made... February 11th, 2019

Addiction Research

Vicious cycle of pain and substance abuse

Pain and substance use interact in a vicious cycle that can ultimately worsen and maintain both chronic pain and addiction, according to a research team including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Binghamton... February 11th, 2019

Women's hormones play role in drug addiction, higher relapse rates

Women’s hormonal cycles may not only make them more prone to drug addiction but also more affected by triggers that lead to relapse, a Vanderbilt University study has revealed. The findings are especially significant since there are virtually... February 11th, 2019

New data suggests nicotine while pregnant alters genes

The Akay Lab biomedical research team at the University of Houston reveals in the journal Nature Scientific Reports that a possible cure for addiction may be found by following the pathways of significantly altered dopamine neurons in newborns... February 11th, 2019

Teens who use e-cigarettes more apt to start smoking, study says

Two new studies of e-cigarettes may bolster US government efforts to stem what it calls a growing epidemic of youth vaping, writes Anna Edney for Bloomberg. Children and teens who had used e-cigarettes were four times more likely to have taken up... February 11th, 2019

Study shows e-cigarettes boost likelihood of stroke and heart attack

E-cigarettes don’t produce the same mix of toxic chemicals as conventional cigarettes, but US research shows that the battery-powered devices are far from harmless for your heart, writes Sandra Gordon for Everyday Health. The notion that e-cigs... February 11th, 2019

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