Trump funnels record subsidies to farmers ahead of Election Day

Despite an extraordinary government bailout, America’s agriculture sector remains under severe economic pressure.
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E-cigarette use falls sharply among teenagers, C.D.C. finds

The encouraging public health news was tempered by evidence that many high school users were taking advantage of a regulatory loophole to get access to flavored products.

Wildfire smoke is dangerous. Here's how to protect yourself.

Smoke spreads misery, including health problems, far beyond fire zones. Wildfire smoke, which can include toxic substances from burned buildings, has been linked to serious health problems.


Vaping links to COVID risk are becoming clear

Researchers are starting to home in on the ways in which the use of e-cigarettes raises the chances of catching the virus, and suffering its worst effects.

Behavioral contagion could spread the benefits of a carbon tax

It’s not too late to fight climate change with a long-overdue policy that would have surprisingly broad impact, an economist says.

Smoking, and possibly vaping, can increase risks of serious health consequences from COVID-19

Research shows that smoking cigarettes and other activities that inflame the lungs are linked to heightened risk of serious complications from COVID-19.


Lifestyle changes could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases - study

Excessive drinking, exposure to air pollution and head injuries all increase dementia risk, experts say in a report revealing that up to 40% of dementia cases worldwide could be delayed or prevented by addressing 12 such lifestyle factors.


How to quit smoking? A virtual date with Florence might help

Tobacco users struggling to quit may soon be able to share their plight with Florence, the WHO's first virtual health worker. The technology uses AI to come up with personalized advice, minus the human judgment.

The link between Parkinson's disease and toxic chemicals

A new book calls the increasing prominence of Parkinson’s “a man-made pandemic.”

Italian tax spat reveals Big Tobacco’s clout

A proposed tax hike to make heated tobacco products more expensive has run aground.

Quitting smoking because of COVID? Read this study first

A new study from Wake Forest School of Medicine finds that nicotine promotes the spread of lung cancer cells into the brain.

Lawmakers say Puff Bar used pandemic to market to teens

The e-cigarette company, which has quickly eclipsed Juul, has advertised its products as a break from “parental texts and WFH stress.”

Smoking, vaping could be COVID-19 risk factors: Alberta's top doctor

Early indications show a clear link between smoking and serious illness in COVID-19 patients.


Half young adult daily smokers first tried cigarettes as kids

The younger they were when they started, the more likely they were to become daily smokers in their 20s, study says.
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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