Make the JUUL tide stop

A disappointing survey by the National Institute of Drug Abuse finds that about twice as many high schoolers are vaping this year as compared to 2017. So that’s 1 in 5 students. We’re gonna pick on JUUL in particular for driving this, considering they dominate the market. They’ve said before that they focus their marketing efforts on adult smokers, but weird “anti-vaping” curriculums and a massive $12.8B investment from tobacco giant Altria has us really doubting their sincerity. But hey, at the very least teens seem to be satisfied with an occasional flash drive puff: the rate of teens using illicit drugs like cocaine and ecstasy is at a historic low. That’s not counting marijuana use though, which hovers at 5-6.5% of students year to year.

Just breathe

According to Robert Pirker, Medical University of Vienna, lung cancer screening by low-dose computer tomography can reduce mortality of smokers or former smokers at high risk for lung cancer. In his opinion, “the results of both screening trials warrant implementation of lung cancer screening in Europe as recommended by several scientific societies.” If you want to know anything about lung cancer, go here. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 218,527 people in the US received a lung cancer diagnosis in 2015. Screening is great and all, but just as an FYI, during 2017, about 249 billion cigarettes were sold in the US. Holy cow, let’s vape. On second thought, according to a new study, there are >7,700 flavors and very few have been tested to toxicity. Not to mention this proposed ban. Ok, that leaves weed…

Out of their mind(fulness)

As you know, the FDA is not too happy with JUUL for improper marketing practices aimed at America’s youth. Essentially, the agency alleges that by making vaping “cool,” they’re trying to get the next generation addicted to nicotine. Well the marketing geniuses at JUUL must have mistaken their foot for their vapes, because one of their “solutions” involved offering schools up to $20,000 to use an anti-vaping curriculum they developed. Hey y’all? That’s not a good look. After all, the tobacco industry tried to do the same in the eighties, and those education programs may have caused more students to smoke. JUUL’s version of the course would’ve included the science behind e-cigs, blaming teen use on peer pressure and, uh, mindfulness through telekinesis?? Yeah, why vape when you can move clouds with your mind (audio required)?

Time to take a dive, nicotine

480,000 Americans die from smoking each year according to FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Well it’s time to take another big swing at preventing those deaths, at least that’s what’s behind the FDA’s new move to cut nicotine levels down in cigarettes. In the US, cigarettes are typically made with a nicotine dose of around 1.1-1.7 milligrams. The regulatory agency wants to cut that to a maximum of 0.4 milligrams, which could help 5 million Americans quit smoking within a year. The move is focused on combustible cigarettes which probably give you the most bang for your buck in terms of ways they can kill you, as opposed to newer vaping products which have pretty high nicotine levels themselves. Presumably, the FDA doesn’t want to impinge on the very cool emerging field of vape tricks.

Smoking kills… eleven years later

Ready to see an exciting video? Then don’t click on that. It’s an anti-smoking ad paid for by “Big Tobacco,” and boy is it a snoozer. That’s not exactly a surprise considering the four companies court-ordered to pay for this ad campaign have been fighting tooth and nail to not have to. A quick timeline: in ’99 the US Justice Department filed a racketeering lawsuit, which tobacco companies spent a short seven years in court fighting before a judge ruled they had to pay for these ads. A measly eleven years of denied appeals later, you’ll be able to see the ads start running this weekend on primetime network television. Joe Camel would roll over in his grave if that hump wasn’t in the way.

Coffee fights sleepiness, immune and blood disease

Happy belated International Coffee Day to all our readers (even the ones who have their coffee celebrations on the incorrect date.) It sure was a happy week for coffee proponents—a study published in the Journal of Hepatology found that three cups of coffee a day can halve the risk of death for HIV and Hep C patients. The results were most prominent when the coffee drinkers combined it with other positive health behaviors, namely not smoking, consuming too much alcohol, and having a decent amount of physical activity… all things that generally contribute to not dying. The best part for non-caffeine fans is that you can still receive the anti-inflammatory benefits from decaf. Here are 13 other health benefits of coffee, cheers!

Harden not your heart

Possibly some bad news for members of the Vape Nation; a recent study has identified that e-cigarettes containing nicotine can temporarily cause increased arterial stiffness, as well as an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. NB: “containing nicotine” is pretty important there, as that’s likely what’s causing those adverse effects. So competitive vapers may not have to worry about this particular research. While the study was pretty small—15 young adults—it still provides some insight into using vapes as a way to quit smoking. The insight is groundbreaking: the healthiest way to not be affected by smoking chemicals is to ingest them at all. Wait, haven’t we heard this argument before…