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Public Health Issues Warning About Synthetic Cannabinoids

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Dr. Nirav Shah is director of public health. He says the perception is that synthetic cannabinoids are a safe and legal alternative to marijuana. But he says their potential harm is shown by six cases of bleeding among users of the substance in northeastern Illinois since March 10.

Watch Out for the Water at Public Pools, CDC Warns

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An analysis of 2013 data on nearly 50,000 aquatic venues like pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds across the five states with the most of these types of places – Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas – revealed that almost 80 percent of inspections identified at least one violation, the CDC reports.

The UK's new vaping laws explained


From today, vaping gear sold in the UK must adhere to a new set of specific guidelines. That's because last year, the EU updated its regulations covering tobacco products to include e-cigarettes and e-liquids for the first time. When these first came into effect, almost all types of e-cig advertisements were immediately banned, given they effectively promote the consumption of nicotine, an addictive substance. And now, exactly one year later, the rules that actually impact what vaping products are legally eligible for sale have come into force. The next time you dive into a vape shop, you'll see obvious changes to packaging, and limited options when it comes to e-liquid refill and e-cig tank sizes.