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Environmental contamination from E-cigarette, cigarette, Cigar, and cannabis products


E-cigarettes, tobacco and cannabis products are littering high schools. sciencedaily.com. October 10, 2019. Summary: High schools in the San Francisco Bay area are being contaminated by plastics and toxic litter from e-cigarettes, cannabis products and combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigarillos, a new study has found.High schools in the San Francisco Bay Area […]

Pathology of vaping-associated lung injury, study


Vaping-associated lung injury may be caused by toxic chemical fumes, study finds. sciencedaily.com. October 02, 2019. Summary: Research into the pathology of vaping-associated lung injury is in its early stages, but a study finds that lung injuries from vaping most likely are caused by direct toxicity or tissue damage from noxious chemical fumes. Cigarrillo electrónico […]

E-cigarettes are not safe


E-cigarettes: Smoking Cessation Aid or Dangerous Addiction? By Anna Sayburn. medscape.com. September 10, 2019. Recent reports of a death in the US linked to vaping, and of almost 200 cases of lung disease, have caused alarm about the widespread use of e-cigarettes. Cigarrillo electrónico en uso (elmundo.es) Director of the US Centers for Disease Control […]

About smoking and vaping


 Baylor College of Medicine Taking Action to Address Youth Smoking and Vaping. bcm.edu. September 2019.Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the United States. More than 16 million Americans are living with a serious disease caused by smoking. The vast majority of smokers start smoking as teenagers. Cigarrillo electrónico en uso […]

Association of smoking cessation with subsequent risk of cardiovascular disease, study


Quitting smoking associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease. sciencedaily.com. August 20, 2019. Summary: Heavy cigarette smokers with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 39% within five years if they quit, according to a new study Fumando espero… (Sertox) Heavy cigarette smokers with at least […]

Binge alcohol is more injurious to liver in female than in male rats, study


Binge drinking may be more damaging to women. sciencedaily.com. August 19, 2019. Female rats more susceptible to liver injury after three binge drinking episodes. Summary: In a recently published study examining the effects of binge drinking on rats, researchers discovered that female rats who were of equal age and weight to male rats were more […]

Cue reactivity in the ventral striatum characterizes heavy cannabis use, study


Formation of habitual use drives cannabis addiction. sciencedaily.com. June 13, 2019. Individual differences in brain systems for habitual behavior distinguish heavy cannabis users who develop an addiction. Summary: A shift from brain systems controlling reward-driven use to habit-driven use differentiates heavy cannabis users who are addicted to the drug from users who aren’t, according to […]

Canadian neuroscientists offer insights into the long-term effects of adolescent cannabis use


Growing up high: Neurobiological consequences of adolescent cannabis use. eurekalert.org. May 25, 2019. Canadian neuroscientists offer insights into the long-term effects of adolescent cannabis use. About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the […]

Those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who do not


Marijuana users weigh less, defying the munchies. eurekalert.org. April 19, 2019.  New evidence from Michigan State University suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don’t. The findings, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of […]

Parental smoking were linked to an increased risk of hearts birth defects


Smoking Around Expectant Moms Can Harm Babies’ Hearts. By  Robert Preidt. healthday.com.  March 24, 2019. Fathers-to-be who expose their pregnant partners to secondhand smoke put their babies at risk of heart defects, researchers warn. For the new study, investigators in China reviewed 125 studies that included a total of nearly 9 million prospective parents and […]

Study among the first to suggest moderate drinking harms, rather than protects, heart health


Moderate alcohol consumption linked with high blood pressure. sciencedaily.com. March 7, 2019. Study among the first to suggest moderate drinking harms, rather than protects, heart health. Summary: A study of more than 17,000 US adults shows that moderate alcohol consumption — seven to 13 drinks per week — substantially raises one’s risk of high blood […]

Cannabis use in adolescence linked to risk of depression, anxiety and suicidality in young adulthood


Cannabis use in teens raises risk of depression in young adults. eurekalert.org. February 13, 2019. Cannabis use among adolescents is found to be associated with increased risk of depression and anxiety in adulthood.  While there has been a lot of focus on the role of cannabis use in psychosis, there has been less attention on […]

Changes in genes are associated with greater subjective and behavioral motivation for alcohol


Heavy drinking may change DNA, leading to increased craving for alcohol. sciencedaily.com. January 29, 2019. Genetic vicious cycle may reinforce risky drinking behavior.Summary: Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a new study. ‘Binge drinking’: una sóla no alcanza (Sertox) Binge and […]

What works to help teens that get hooked on vaping to quit


As Millions of Teens Get Hooked on Vaping, What Works to Help Them Quit? By Dennis Thompson. consumer.healthday.com. January 31, 2019. E-cigarette use is surging among American teenagers, with millions of kids flirting with nicotine addiction by regularly vaping. Cigarrillo electrónico en uso (elmundo.es) Unfortunately, these kids are going to face a rocky road if […]

Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, study


Some pregnant women don’t believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus. sciencedaily.com. January 21, 2019. Summary: Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, according to a new review. Exposición prenatal a … (Sertox) Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, […]

A reciprocal model of pain and substance use, study


Pain and substance abuse interact in a vicious cycle. eurekalert.org. January 14, 2019. Experiencing pain can motivate individuals to use substances and might make it harder to quit.  Pain and substance use interact in a vicious cycle that can ultimately worsen and maintain both chronic pain and addiction, according to a research team including faculty […]

Understanding links among opioid use, overdose, and suicide, study


Opioids fueled a doubling of suicides and overdoses in the US. sciencedaily.com. January 7, 2019. Summary: Turning the tide demands improvements to pain care, mental health care and medication-assisted opioid addiction care. Suicides and drug overdoses kill American adults at twice the rate today as they did just 17 years ago, and opioids are a […]

Cannabis use affects the genetic profile in sperm


Exposure to cannabis alters the genetic profile of sperm. Whether genetic changes can be reversed or are passed on to children is still unknown. sciencedaily.com. December 19, 2018. Summary: New research suggests men in their child-bearing years should consider how THC could impact their sperm and possibly the children they conceive during periods when they’ve […]


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