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Secondhand Smoke: You’re Exposed to More Than You Think

Sara Bellum
April 23, 2013

Many of us don’t realize how much secondhand smoke we inhale each day. We tend to forget about the person smoking outside a restaurant or sitting on a park bench. People’s smoking in the apartment next door affects us as well. Read More »

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Can It Be Bad If It’s Natural?

Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer
March 26, 2013

“Marijuana is natural, so how can it be harmful?” Lots of teens ask us this question, and it’s a good one—a great question, in fact. Read More »

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Butt In: Help Reduce Cigarette Butt Litter

Sara Bellum
February 26, 2013

We already know how harmful smoking is to your health, but did you know it can be bad for the environment? Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the United States—and the world. Read More »

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What’s in Cigarette Smoke, Anyway?

Sara Bellum
February 19, 2013

Stanford University professor Dr. Robert Proctor looked through tons of public documents to find out what tobacco companies put in cigarettes. Read More »

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Drug Testing for…Poppy Seeds?

Jack Maypole, M.D., Director of Pediatrics, South End Community Health Center
February 07, 2013

Did you know that morphine, codeine, and heroin are produced from the seeds of certain kinds of poppy flowers? Morphine and codeine are often used as medications for treating pain, and all three—known as opiates—can be abused.  Read More »

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