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Vaping – Time for doctors to get on board

Doctors are both sceptical of and poorly informed about e-cigarettes and nicotine, failing to realise how dramatically harm reduction approaches can change the lives...

Research busts myth of cannabis being good for sleep

Contrary to popular belief, cannabis might be detrimental to a good night's sleep, according to a cross-sectional analysis using National Health and Nutrition Examination...

Dosing, administering medical cannabis for chronic pain – Recommendations

In Physician’s Weekly, Assistant Professor Alan Bell of the University of Toronto unpacks consensus recommendations from 20 global experts on dosing and administering medical...

Vaping damages DNA and raises risk of cancer – but is not as bad as cigarettes

Vaping damages people’s DNA in the same way as smoking cigarettes – though to a much lesser degree – a study has warned, writes...

Only alcohol – not caffeine, diet or lack of sleep – might trigger atrial fibrillation

Only alcohol use was found to be consistently associated with more episodes of heart arrhythmia in research by the University of California, San Francisco that...

Fatal heart attack or stroke could be first sign of CVD in some smokers

Death from a heart attack or stroke may be the first cardiovascular disease (CVD) event in some people who smoke cigarettes and CVD is...

Tobacco taxes reducing consumption rates, says WHO

Tobacco use is on a declining trend worldwide, says a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), reports Sanjeet Bagcchi for SciDev.Net. Women using...

Cannabis legalisation has not led to increased traffic injuries in Canada

When Canada implemented cannabis legalisation in 2018, there was concern about increased traffic harms, especially among youth. But research by the University of Northern...

Tobacco use declines globally, strategies for cessation – WHO tobacco report

The fourth World Health Organisation (WHO) global tobacco trends report, released on 15 November, shows that there are 1.30 billion tobacco users globally compared...

Car technology to detect drunk driving is on the way

New cars in the United States would be required to have technology that stops drunk people from driving, under a mandate the US Congress...

Too little treatment for people with alcohol use disorder – Global survey

Results from World Mental Health Surveys have found that in two dozen countries, fewer than half of people with alcohol use disorder who sought...

Athletes tend to drink more alcohol than their peers, study finds

An international study has found a robust link between higher cardio fitness and higher alcohol consumption among general populations, writes Matthew Kadey in Bicycling...

E-cigarette users risk fewer strokes – but at a younger age – than smokers

Research has found that while stroke is more prevalent among traditional cigarette smokers, e-cigarette smokers have a 15% higher risk of having a stroke...

Tobacco harm reduction – ‘We’ll take to the streets” – Letlape

Harm reduction lobbyists will lead people onto the streets of South Africa if the government continues with its AIDS denialist-like stance on alternatives to...

In world first, NHS may prescribe e-cigarettes for smoking cessation

England could be the first country in the world to prescribe medicinally licensed e-cigarettes to help reduce smoking rates, announced the Department of Health...

Physicians search for medicinal cannabis knowledge – Australia and SA

Tens of thousands of people in Australia are turning to medicinal cannabis to treat a range of conditions – but the evidence is patchy...

Confusion clouds FDA’s approach to e-cigarettes – POLITICO analysis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision earlier this month to authorise the sale of an electronic cigarette in the United States was a...

Stopping smoking before 45 can wipe out 87% of lung cancer risk

Smokers who kick the habit before age 45 can nearly eliminate their excess risk of dying from lung or other cancers, estimates a new...

Alternative tobacco products ‘should be for smokers only’

People who cannot or are unwilling to give up smoking combustible tobacco should be encouraged to use safer alternative tobacco harm reduction products, heard...

100 experts from 30 countries urge WHO to change tobacco harm reduction stance

This week 100 independent specialists from 30 countries – mostly doctors, researchers and professors – signed a letter calling on the World Health Organisation...

Global tobacco control ‘hugely outdated’ – Dr Kgosi Letlape

The 16-year-old Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FTCT) of the World Health Organisation – signed by 180 countries including South Africa and many other...

Australia: New laws won’t drive vapers back to smoking, say experts

Leading public health experts in Australia have rejected warnings that a new ban on importing nicotine vaping products without a doctor’s prescription could drive...

Western Cape records highest number of trauma cases as alcohol restrictions ease

The Western Cape recorded 621 trauma cases on Sunday – the highest number for the year – as alcohol restrictions were relaxed, writes Nicole...

Profound problem of misinformation for public health and tobacco harm reduction

The problem of misinformation is profound for public health, as highlighted by responses to COVID-19 and to tobacco harm reduction. “We need targeted strategic...

US regulator: Hard to balance benefits and harms of cigarette alternatives

Tobacco products needed to be regulated along a “continuum of risk”, the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF) conference heard last week. But the...

Tobacco harm reduction – The lesser of two evils

It is always better to “take the small risk of the unknown than the known risk of large hazards”, said Lord Matt Ridley, medical...

Smokers up to 80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID

Smokers are 60% to 80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 and also more likely to die from the disease, a...

Nine million deliveries track the impact of smoking on foetal health

Mothers in the United States who smoke are more likely to deliver smaller babies even after a full-term pregnancy, increasing the risks of birth...

FDA approvals of e-cigarettes must be based on evidence, not politics

The rampant politicisation of e-cigarettes, and the role of the United States Food and Drug Administration in making evidence-based policy decisions, will affect the...

WHO: 5,000 fewer lives a year lost to cancer if Europe ups alcohol tax

In an effort to curb alcohol consumption, the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggested this week that European countries consider doubling their ‘sin tax’ on...

Vaping is linked to heightened eating disorder risk among US college students

University of Toronto research has linked vaping to heightened eating disorder risk among college students in the United States, as both use of e-cigarettes...

FDA delays Juul e-cigarettes’ decision but culls almost a million products

The Food and Drug Administration last week put off a long-anticipated ruling on whether Juul Labs and other major e-cigarette companies could continue to...

BMJ: New clinical guidelines for medical cannabis in pain relief

People living with chronic pain should be offered a trial of non-inhaled medical cannabis or cannabinoids if standard care is not sufficient, according to...

Medical cannabis – SA’s high hopes of a cash cow that blunts pain

The medical cannabis industry is a godsend for pain sufferers and could be the same for the economy and job creation, writes Alex Patrick...

E-cigarettes: Misconceptions may prevent people from quitting smoking

When communicating about the risks of e-cigarettes, we need to be clear about which e-cigarettes, who might be at risk, and who might benefit,...

E-cigarettes using nicotine cause blood clotting and impair small blood vessels

Using e-cigarettes containing nicotine causes an immediate increase in the formation of blood clots and a deterioration in the ability of small blood vessels...

Half of adults with ADHD have had a substance use disorder — Canadian study

Half of adults aged 20-39 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have had a substance use disorder in their lifetime, according to University of...

Non-invasive brain stimulation may reduce smoking

A systematic review of randomised controlled trials has found evidence that non-invasive brain stimulation may reduce smoking frequency – the number of cigarettes per...

SA’s 0% alcohol legislation – Threat of punishment won't reduce unsafe driving

A zero-tolerance drunk driving law is on the cards in the upcoming National Road Traffic Amendment Bill, writes Rhys Evans, MD at drug and...

Anti-vaping advice by World Health Organisation ‘risks lives of millions’

British experts have accused the World Health Organization of risking the lives of millions by urging governments to crack down on vaping, writes Kat...