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Have you heard of dabbing? Dubbed the "crack of pot,” dabbing is a form of consuming highly concentrated marijuana in a vaporized form and has been described as freebasing marijuana in popular media outlets. Once an underground practice, this dangerous trend has gained popularity in recent months and could change the culture of marijuana use. 

Alcohol just got a whole lot more portable—and controversial. Palcohol, a powdered form of alcohol that comes in five flavors, has been approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

A group of global tobacco health and policy researchers is calling for the sale of tobacco products to be phased out by 2040. The group writes that, with the backing of the United Nations and international governments, tobacco use can be reduced to less than five percent in just 25 years.

“Kids are Dying,” a documentary-style film, provides an up close look at the growing heroin epidemic in New Jersey. The film tackles this timely and relevant issue in the wake of many states, including New Jersey, declaring a state of emergency in response to the widespread increase in opioid addiction and overdose. 

Are you planning to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras next year? If so, be prepared to see signs that say “No Smoking” in bars and casinos. The New Orleans City Council recently approved an ordinance for a total smoke-free ban, which will prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of workplaces, restaurants and bars. 

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