McConnell to introduce bill for a minimum age to buy tobacco of 21

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 from 18.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 from 18, he announced Thursday.

McConnell will introduce the legislation, called the McConnell bill, in May, he said. The bill will cover all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. McConnell’s backing marks the strongest support yet in Congress for what’s been dubbed “T21.”

“For some time, I’ve been hearing from the parents who are seeing an unprecedented spike in vaping among their teenage children,” McConnell said in a statement. “In addition, we all know people who started smoking at a young age and who struggled to quit as adults. Unfortunately it’s reaching epidemic levels around the country.”

Source: McConnell to introduce bill for a minimum age to buy tobacco of 21

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Heroin vaccine blocks lethal overdose — ScienceDaily

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved a major milestone toward designing a safe and effective vaccine to both treat heroin addiction and block lethal overdose of the drug.

The first formulation of the heroin vaccine was developed in 2013 by a team led by Kim D. Janda, PhD, the Ely R. Callaway Jr. Professor of Chemistry and member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at TSRI. It has been shown to be effective — and safe — in both mouse and non-human primate models.

Source: Heroin vaccine blocks lethal overdose — ScienceDaily

Coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer, according to study of half a million people | National Post

Decaf, instant and regular coffee were all linked to health benefits

The study of roughly half a million adults in the U.K. shows that people who drink coffee – even as much as eight or more cups per day – enjoy longevity benefits.

“We found that people who drank two to three cups per day had about a 12 per cent lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers,” Erikka Loftfield, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute, told NPR.

Source: Coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer, according to study of half a million people | National Post

Redruth vegan woman’s ‘shock’ at frog in her Aldi lettuce – BBC News

A would-be vegan finds unwanted animal protein in her Aldi salad.

Aldi has apologised and said it is investigating how the frog got into the lettuce and offered her a refund on the 36p salad.

“I was shocked, but I can also see the funny side of it,” she said.

Source: Redruth vegan woman’s ‘shock’ at frog in her Aldi lettuce – BBC News

Rite Aid poised to sell its first cannabis-derived drug

Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived treatment for epilepsy, is an FDA-approved prescription drug that would be sold in pharmacies, not dispensaries.

The Food and Drug Administration on June 25 approved Epidiolex, a treatment for epilepsy created by British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH). The Drug Enforcement Administration has 90 days to schedule the medication, and it is widely expected to allow doctors to prescribe it.

That will open the cannabis industry to mainstream pharmacies and medical practitioners.

Source: Rite Aid poised to sell its first cannabis-derived drug

BBC – Future – Why non-smokers are getting lung cancer

Lung cancer is commonly associated with smoking. But rates of the disease among non-smokers – and women – are rising.

The World Health Organisation points out, “Women and children often lack power to negotiate smoke-free spaces, including in their homes.” Secondhand smoke increases the chance of a non-smoker getting lung cancer by 20-30% and causes 430,000 deaths worldwide each year – 64% of which are women.

Source: BBC – Future – Why non-smokers are getting lung cancer

Marijuana addiction is real, and rising – The Denver Post

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — For as long as most residents can remember, smoking marijuana has been a part of life here. The fact that California legalized the practice in January went practically unnoticed in this quiet town a half-hour’s drive north of San Francisco, where some say the normalization of America’s marijuana culture got its start.

For Quintin Pohl and other teenagers before him, smoking pot was a rite of passage. It was a diversion from the loneliness he felt at home when his parents were splitting up and a salve for middle-school angst. It was his entire social life in seventh and eighth grades, he said, when social life is everything.

Even though nearly all his friends were using marijuana and seeming to enjoy it, Pohl said, at some point his marijuana use took a turn he never saw coming: He became addicted.

Many people are unaware of marijuana addiction. But in the public health and medical communities, it is a well-defined disorder that includes physical withdrawal symptoms, cravings and psychological dependence. Many say it is on the rise, perhaps because of the increasing potency of genetically engineered plants and the use of concentrated products, or because more users are partaking multiple times a day.

Source: Marijuana addiction is real, and rising – The Denver Post