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Oxford Chooses ‘Vape’ as its 2014 Word of the Year

Source: Reuters | Posted on November 18, 2014

The Oxford English Dictionary named “vape” – the word used for drawing on an electronic cigarette instead of a burning stick of tobacco – as its 2014 word of the year. “You are thirty times more likely to come across the word ‘vape’ than you were two years ago, and… continue reading »

The Oxford English Dictionary named “vape” – the word used for drawing on an electronic cigarette instead of a burning stick of tobacco – as its 2014 word of the year. “You are thirty times more likely to come across the word ‘vape’ than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year,” staff editors said Monday.

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A ‘Heat-Not-Burn’ Cigarette to Debut

Source: Boston Globe | Posted on November 18, 2014

Reynolds American is launching a cigarette that heats tobacco rather than burning it, hoping to capitalize on the growing appetite for alternatives to traditional smokes. The second-biggest US tobacco company will begin selling Revo — its carbon tip heats tobacco after being lit — in Wisconsin in February.

Reynolds American is launching a cigarette that heats tobacco rather than burning it, hoping to capitalize on the growing appetite for alternatives to traditional smokes. The second-biggest US tobacco company will begin selling Revo — its carbon tip heats tobacco after being lit — in Wisconsin in February.

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Hazards of Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

Source: CBS News | Posted on November 17, 2014

That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests.

That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests.

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Energy Drinks Are Hurting Young Kids

Source: TIME | Posted on November 17, 2014

Over 40% of calls to U.S. poison centers concerning energy drinks are for kids under age 6, some of whom reported experiencing symptoms like serious cardiac and neurological problems.

Over 40% of calls to U.S. poison centers concerning energy drinks are for kids under age 6, some of whom reported experiencing symptoms like serious cardiac and neurological problems.

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Ready to Quit Smoking? Here’s What Works Best

Source: USA Today | Posted on November 17, 2014

Thursday is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, a day on which all smokers will be encouraged to abstain or start making a plan to quit. Find out about the best approaches to quitting.

Thursday is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, a day on which all smokers will be encouraged to abstain or start making a plan to quit. Find out about the best approaches to quitting.

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Video of the 2014 Texas Red Ribbon Rally

Posted on October 22, 2014

On Thursday, October 16, 5th and 6th graders from around Texas gathered at the State Capitol to rally against drugs before heading inside to participate in a mock legislative session, proposing and voting on anti-drug legislation. Click below for video of the rally, featuring the Texas Children’s Choir and master of ceremonies Mark… continue reading »

On Thursday, October 16, 5th and 6th graders from around Texas gathered at the State Capitol to rally against drugs before heading inside to participate in a mock legislative session, proposing and voting on anti-drug legislation. Click below for video of the rally, featuring the Texas Children’s Choir and master of ceremonies Mark “Police ICE” Gil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeelDo_ttaA

For more information on Red Ribbon Week in Texas, visit the Partnership for a Drug-Free Texas Red Ribbon page:

http://www.drugfreetexas.org/red-ribbon/

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The Genetic Reason Why Some Drinkers Can’t Stop

Source: TIME | Posted on October 21, 2014

Around 10% of people will develop alcohol disorders, and a new study in mice shows that having a specific genetic strand might be the reason some escalate from moderate to excessive drinkers.

Around 10% of people will develop alcohol disorders, and a new study in mice shows that having a specific genetic strand might be the reason some escalate from moderate to excessive drinkers.

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