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Vape shops could be 'valuable allies' to NHS

A new study [...] finds that vape shops provide behavioural support which could help people stop smoking and remain smoke free. And health professionals could benefit from understanding the role that vape shops play in reducing smoking. Britain is home to some 2,000 vape shops, and they are by far the most popular places that the country's estimated 2.9 million vapers buy their e-cigarettes. [...]


Long-Term E-Cigarette Use Could Increase Pneumonia Risk

Long-term users of electronic cigarettes might face increased susceptibility to pneumonia and other lung infections, according to early research in cells, mice, and humans. The studies suggest that, just like conventional cigarette smoke, inhaled e-cigarette vapor increases the risk of airway bacterial infection. "We know that exposure to traditional cigarette smoke helps these bacteria stick to airway lining cells, increasing the risk of infection. [...]


Adolescents not interested in regular cigarettes more likely to use e-cigarettes

Researchers [...] have found that adolescents who are not susceptible to smoking cigarettes and who thought e-cigarettes were less harmful were more likely to use e-cigarettes. Additionally, youth exposed to e-cigarette vapor in public places were also more likely to use e-cigarettes. The study also found that 26 percent of those surveyed were at high risk for future e-cigarette use.


E-cigarette flavors found to be toxic

Recent research [...] examines the effect of electronic cigarette vapors on two types of white blood cell. The findings suggest that the compounds that give e-cigarettes their flavor are toxic, with some flavors being worse than others. Despite the fact that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) help some people to quit smoking conventional ones, the devices contain many other non-nicotine chemicals, [...]


THC: The Reason These Top Marijuana Stocks Could Have Staying Power

THC. It flows off the tongue much more easily than "tetrahydrocannabinol," the full name of the chemical. THC is the primary chemical responsible for marijuana's psychoactive effects. And it may be the primary reason several marijuana stocks could have staying power. Canopy Growth (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF), Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF), and Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF) rank as the biggest pure-play marijuana stocks on the market right now.


Addiction clinics join Dutch criminal case against big tobacco

The Dutch addiction treatment sector has thrown its weight behind a law suit alleging tobacco companies conspired to get people addicted. ‘We’ve had enough. The criminal cigarette and all the dealers need to be tackled,’ addiction specialist Robert van de Graaf told [...] The sector has been debating throwing its weight behind the case for a year and last week’s statement of support by the biggest Dutch cancer hospital was the final push, Van de Graaf said.


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