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Your Coworker’s Outdoor Smoke Break Could Still Contaminate Your Cubicle, Study Finds

Smoking has been banned in public indoor spaces for years now — and for the better — but that doesn’t necessarily mean non-smokers are free from toxic cigarette chemicals. New research published Wednesday in Science Advances suggests that not only can the chemical residue left behind by cigarette smoking find its way into “smoke-free” buildings, but it can then attach itself to aerosol particles suspended in the air that are easily inhaled by our lungs. Read More >>

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This Revolting Poster Could Increase Teen Smoking Risk, If Teens Are to Be Believed

A recent study, in which American teens shopped in a pretend convenience store, found that gruesome anti-smoking ads might actually encourage kids to buy cigarettes, since they make smoking seem more edgy. But don’t take this finding at face value yet, as some other outlets have, because history has shown that teenagers like to mess with scientists. Read More >>

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Everything You Need to Know About the UK’s New Tobacco Laws

As if smokers didn’t have enough to worry about, what with having to brave the British summer every time they fancy sucking back on a smoke stick, having really smelly fingers and, you know, being stuck on a road to cancerville, new tobacco laws have just come into force in the UK and across Europe. Read More >>

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What is a Heat-Not-Burn Cigarette and Can it Help You Quit?

The Next Big Trend in vaping is actually a very old idea: cigarettes that heat tobacco to produce an inhalable aerosol, but never reach the point of combustion, thus avoiding that sketchy part of smoking where you light something on fire and suck the smoke into your lungs. Read More >>

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Remember That Pipe Mug From Cabin in the Woods? It’s Real Now.

There's an excellent moment in Joss Whedon's horror-comedy Cabin in the Woods, where the stereotypical stoner, Marty, pulls up in his rundown auto drinking coffee from a mug. Except, it's not a mug at all but rather a giant retractable water bong. As is true with most awesome props, the smoke mug has become reality. Read More >>

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How the Experimental Ebola Serum is Being Grown Inside Tobacco Plants

For years, scientists have been looking for cheaper and faster ways to make vaccines, including tinkering with what sounds like an unlikely source: tobacco plants. In fact, the highly experimental serum given to the two American Ebola patients was created using this novel technique. Here's how it works. Read More >>

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Would These Redesigned Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

Quitting smoking cold turkey takes a rare sort of willpower that most of us will, unfortunately, never know. So for the weaker willed masses looking to kick the habit, these new cigarette packaging concepts may be just what the (questionable) doctor ordered. Read More >>

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Bad News: E-Cigs Alter Cells a Lot Like Tobacco Does

A new cancer study brings more bad news to the e-cigarette industry. Scientists exposed human bronchial cells to e-cig vapour and found that it altered the cells in a way not dissimilar to tobacco. In other words, that delicious, seemingly risk-free nicotine vapour might not be so benign, after all. Read More >>

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Tomorrow’s Cancer-Blasting Wonder Drug Could Come From a Tobacco Plant

Australian researchers published findings this week on a newly-discovered plant compound that destroys cancer cells, but leaves healthy cells unharmed. They found it in possibly the last place you'd look for a cancer cure: the family of plants that brings us cancer's number-one culprit, tobacco. Read More >>

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Here’s What Happens When a Motorsport Maker Designs a Hookah

Hookahs, with their long history in Middle Eastern cultures, often all look the same by the time they reach the west: wrinkly tubes emanating from an overly-colourful glass lamp decorated with glitter glue. But this modern incarnation of the ancient smoking device is so drop-dead gorgeous, you'll want to display it on your mantelpiece. Read More >>

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Tobacco Eating Caterpillar Has Toxic Nicotine Filled Breath

Look, we're not saying smoking is good, but tobacco can confer the superpower of breath so toxic it keeps away spiders. Take a quick breath and come meet the tobacco hornworm, a caterpillar that has managed to hijack a plant's defence system for itself. Read More >>

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These Are the Cigarette Packages of the Future

It's official: after rejecting the tobacco companies' appeal, the High Court of Australia has declared the country's new obligatory cigarette packaging law constitutional. Look at them above—starting on December 1, the packages' iconic brand design will be fully replaced by the horrors of smoking. Read More >>

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Deep Inside Prison’s Dark and Tangled Economy

A movie-goer's concept of prison economy is likely that it's a cigarette-fueled barter system. That may be part of it, but it only scratches the surface. The truth is a violent world of sex, drugs and... postage stamps? Read More >>

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The Secret Tobacco Companies Don’t Want You to Know: There’s Radiation Inside Cigarettes

Rat poison. Lighter fluid. Battery acid. Pesticides. And now...radiation. What do they all have in common? They're all rolled into one cancer causing cigarette. What's worse, tobacco companies have known that radiation was inside cigarettes but hid evidence of it for four decades. Read More >>