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Ten states, District of Columbia allow minors to buy e-cigarettes -CDC

Source: Reuters | Posted on December 12, 2014

More than 16 million children in 10 states and the District of Columbia have legal access to electronic cigarettes, according to a federal study released on Thursday. The underage use of e-cigarettes, which are metal tubes that heat liquid into an inhalable vapor, concerns health officials because they contain nicotine,… continue reading »

More than 16 million children in 10 states and the District of Columbia have legal access to electronic cigarettes, according to a federal study released on Thursday. The underage use of e-cigarettes, which are metal tubes that heat liquid into an inhalable vapor, concerns health officials because they contain nicotine, which can be addictive and harm adolescent brain development.

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Raid Hits Longview Stores That Sell Synthetic Drug; Owners Arrested

Source: Longview News-Journal | Posted on December 4, 2014

The owners of three Longview businesses that sold synthetic marijuana were arrested Wednesday in a raid that included dozens of officers from three federal and eight local law enforcement agencies.

The owners of three Longview businesses that sold synthetic marijuana were arrested Wednesday in a raid that included dozens of officers from three federal and eight local law enforcement agencies.

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Marijuana Poisoning Incidents Spike in Washington State

Source: Reuters | Posted on December 4, 2014

Marijuana exposure incidents, or ‘pot poisonings,’ have spiked in Washington state, especially among teenagers, in a trend experts said appears to be linked to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry.

Marijuana exposure incidents, or ‘pot poisonings,’ have spiked in Washington state, especially among teenagers, in a trend experts said appears to be linked to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry.

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Scientists Identify Brain Regions That May Predict Success Rate for Quitting Smoking

Posted on December 3, 2014

Activity in the brain’s self-control center may predict the chance of relapse after an attempt to quit smoking, according to new research from Penn Medicine.

Activity in the brain’s self-control center may predict the chance of relapse after an attempt to quit smoking, according to new research from Penn Medicine.

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Colorado Medical Marijuana Doctor Facing Felony Charges

Source: The Denver Post | Posted on December 2, 2014

A Colorado doctor who admitted to writing more than 7,000 medical-marijuana recommendations without actually seeing many of those patients is now facing criminal charges.

A Colorado doctor who admitted to writing more than 7,000 medical-marijuana recommendations without actually seeing many of those patients is now facing criminal charges.

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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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