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You Don't Know Nicotine

Aaron Biebert, the director behind the award-winning documentary A BILLION LIVES, is back with a new project, YOU DON’T KNOW NICOTINE. Biebert, who neither smokes nor vapes, is nonetheless a supporter of the public health movement to truthfully inform adult smokers of the truth about nicotine. With his new project, he is hoping to understand why misunderstandings about nicotine exist, and what can be done to promote a better understanding of nicotine in order to save lives. The project was already set for production, but in order to bring extra value to the film, Biebert took to Kickstarter for additional...

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Vape Shops Open in Two UK Hospitals

Vape Shops Open in Two UK Hospitals

Who's getting it right? The United States and the United Kingdom are taking very different approaches to the "vaping epidemic." In the US cities are banning the sale of all vapor products while cities in the UK are opening vape shops within hospitals to convert long term smokers to vaping.Why such different approaches to the same issue?Vape shops have opened in two NHS hospitals in the West Midlands as part of efforts to eradicate smoking in the UK. The outlets run by Ecigwizard are at Sandwell general hospital in West Bromwich and Birmingham city hospital, both of which are run...

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Medical Marijuana versus Opioid Epidemic

A large number of Canadians and Americans succumb to opioid epidemic every day. About 91 Americans die daily because of opioid-linked drug overdoses. There has been an increase of use and abuse of opioid drugs, and in 2016, Canada reported about 2,400 opioid-linked deaths. Following opioid-related deaths, it is clear that the use of opioids for pain management can lead to an addiction that can pose more damage on the use of the treatment. The drug’s harmful effects outweigh its benefits. Therefore, many interventions, like pharmaceuticals therapies have come to find a panacea for overdose prevention. However, embracing of pharmaceutical...

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Vaping Versus Other Harm Reduction Devices

There has been a lot of debate lately as vaping should be categorized as a harm reduction device ie, a better alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, within the United States this has been the approach of choice for most legislatures from local to the federal government. Does that turn a blind eye to public health? If we clarify vaping as something that can reduce harm it would be rooted within the arena of public health and human rights. It aims to improve the lives of people who are affected by drugs or drug policies through evidence-based programming. There are numerous...

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Vaping Influencers Called Out by US FDA

Vaping Influencers Called Out by US FDA

A week ago, on June 7, 2019 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to several vaping companies for their marketing programs. They targeted primarily social influencers and their sponsored posts that did not contain mandatory warnings. The posts were on popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.The specific companies that received warnings included Solace Technologies LLC (doing business as Solace Vapor), Hype City Vapors LLC, Humble Juice Co. LLC and Artist Liquids Laboratories LLC (doing business as Artist Liquid Labs).The FDA moved to discipline vaping companies for inappropriately promoting their products to those...

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India Proposing to Ban the Use of E-Cigarettes

India Proposing to Ban the Use of E-Cigarettes

India has one of the largest populations in the world and is filled with 100 million adult smokers. So you'd look that the country and their health officials would do anything to prevent the consumption of cigarettes, or at a minimum adopt products that limit its use.However, India is pushing for bans and regulations of products like e-cigarettes that many other countries consider to be a great, and better, alternative to traditional cigarettes. As much as 13% of the 720,000 annual premature deaths in India are tobacco-related, that's an astonishing number of people.In 2017, a working group of India’s ministry...

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