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Young lured to tobacco addiction via e-cigarettes

7/27/21--According to the the World Health Organization (WHO), the tobacco industry's sleek marketing is attracting youngsters to e-cigarettes which can lead to tobacco addiction, despite claims by some executives that they aim to solve the smoking epidemic. The WHO is calling for greater regulation of smoke-free devices containing nicotine. Read

Frontline advocates view $26 bln opioid deal with frustration, worry

7/27/21--Four major U.S. drug companies Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc (CAH.N) and McKesson Corp) agreed to a $26 billion settlement last week to end lawsuits over the opioid crisis, but treatment advocates expressed frustration that the money will be slow to arrive and worry it could be misspent. The distributors will make payments over 18 years and Johnson & Johnson over nine years. Read

Illegal drugs trade goes digital for pandemic

6/9/21--According to Europe’s drugs agency, the illegal drugs trade went digital to serve its customers during lockdown, and could stay that way when the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The pandemic has forced changes to every level of the drugs trade, from wholesale traffickers and smugglers to neighborhood dealers. Read

U.S. states look to pot to undo harm of racially biased drug laws

3/15/21--A bill, which passed last month and is awaiting approval or changes from the governor by the end of March, could see Virginia join 15 other states and Washington, D.C. in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. It also includes far-reaching provisions aimed at addressing the negative effects of cannabis prohibition, particularly on minority communities. Read

Juul submits application to FDA to keep selling e-cigarettes

7/30/20--Juul Labs Inc submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would allow it to keep selling e-cigarettes, which face heightened scrutiny over a surge in teenage vaping. Once an application is submitted, companies can keep selling their products for a year from the date of deadline, without official approval, or until a negative action is taken by the FDA. Read

Juul disregarded early evidence it was hooking teens

11/5/19--Juul executives knew young people were flocking to its breakthrough e-cigarette shortly after it went on sale in 2015, a former manager tells Reuters. Its nicotine blend was so potent, engineers devised a kill switch to limit the dosage – but the idea was shelved. Following the product’s launch, it took nearly three years – and pressure from regulators and U.S. senators – before Juul in April 2018 announced what it called a “comprehensive strategy” of measures to curb youth sales. Read

Pernod Ricard eyes 12-18 months to assess marijuana legislation impact

11/21/18--Pernod Ricard needs 12-18 months before it can determine whether the legalization of marijuana will dent the consumption of premium spirits. According to the company’s chief executive, Alexandre Ricard, “To date there is no evidence that the legalization of marijuana will have an impact on the consumption of premium spirits. We continue to monitor it.” Read

Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study

8/9/17--According to scientists, people who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug. The risk grows with every year of use, they said. The findings, from a study of some 1,200 people, could have implications in the United States among other countries. Read

Houston area to decriminalize some low-level marijuana possession

2/16/17--Houston and the county containing the fourth most-populous U.S. city will decriminalize low-level marijuana possession. The policy means in most circumstances there will be no jail, no tickets, no court appearances, and no criminal record for possession of less than 4 ounces (113 grams) of marijuana in the city and its surrounding county. Read

U.S. pro-marijuana campaigners launch TV ads

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-1-22-23-pm10/3/16--Campaigns to legalize recreational marijuana use in Massachusetts and Maine launched their first television ads on Monday, hoping to boost public awareness and support ahead of November votes on the issue. The ads began just over a month before Election Day, when voters in five U.S. states will determine whether to legalize the recreational use of the drug. Read