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Rights 4 Vapers Reaction to Study Showing Increase in Vaping Among Youth in Canada

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Across Canada underage youth are legally restricted from purchasing alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes and vaping products. But according to recently released data in a study published yesterday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), they are using them anyway.

Provincial tobacco control coalitions and physicians’ groups immediately reacted to the results of the study and the media headlines say it all: a recent report in the British Medical Journal, shows that Canada has experienced a “massive”, “staggering”, “whopping” increase in teen vaping.

The provincial government of British Columbia and the Canadian Cancer Society used the data from the BMJ Report to publicly demand that the Federal Government immediately introduce vaping regulations that would restrict nicotine content, device design and flavours. Their failure to do so, the BC government implied, would result in BC introducing more restrictive provincial regulation.

“What’s not mentioned is that both federal and provincial vaping legislation already exists which restricts sales to anyone under the age of 18, promotion, display advertising and communication and limits features like certain flavours and designs thought to be appealing to youth,” said Dr. Chris Lalonde, Academic Research Advisor for Rights 4 Vapers. “Is this single set of data enough to justify the hasty introduction of more draconian regulatory measures that could simultaneously reduce the appeal of these products to adult smokers that rely on vaping to reduce or quit smoking?”

What’s more concerning is that the same report shows that teen cigarette smoking in the past 30 days increased 45%. The use of alcohol in the past 12 months by teens actually decreased by 3%, but cannabis use went up by 19%.

The important question then is which of these numbers should we be worried about? According to the study, 60% of youth used alcohol and 27% used cannabis in the past 12 months, 16% smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, and 15% vaped.

If what we hope is that teens who already smoke might be tempted to switch to vaping, then the report contains some good news. Among current teen smokers, 44% are also vaping. Even “experimental smokers” are also vaping (29%). Are they on their way to fully switching from cigarettes to vaping (likely, and a good thing), or from dual-use to just smoking (unlikely, and a bad thing)?

And what about teens who have never smoked? Are they being lured into a lifetime of addiction by vaping? Here the news is good from a public health perspective.

It turns out teens are not being lured into a lifetime of addiction by vaping – they are not very keen on vaping or smoking, according to the data in the study published in the BMJ. Most of the teens surveyed have never vaped, and among those who have tried it (20%), just 3% have vaped in the past week, and only 0.6% vaped on more than 15 of the last 30 days. That’s just 14 teens out of the 2,441 surveyed.

Cigarette smoking and drinking carry far higher health risks than vaping or cannabis. If, as health authorities all agree, vaping is safer—not ‘safe’ but safer—than smoking cigarettes, then, perhaps, we should think clearly about what we hope to accomplish by battling teen vaping through introducing provincial regulations that go even further than regulations for smoking or drinking.

 

SOURCE Rights 4 Vapers

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Digipath CEO Todd Denkin Interviewed by CEO Roadshow

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Digipath, Inc. (OTCQB: DIGP) (“DIGP” or the “Company”), a service-oriented independent testing laboratory, data analytics and formulation firm focused on the developing cannabis and hemp markets, is pleased to announce that Company CEO Todd Denkin was recently interviewed by CEO Roadshow with veteran journalist Mike Elliott.

In this interview, Denkin discusses the Company’s recent provisional patent applications involving terpene technology. He also discusses Digipath’s newest business unit, GroSciences and the molecular assay it has developed to distinguish hemp from drug-type cannabis, and the status of the Company’s expansion into Colombia.

“It’s always a pleasure to sit down with Mr. Elliott, who is a true professional with a significant following,” stated Todd Denkin, CEO, Digipath Inc. “In this interview we covered some of the more exciting things happening for Digipath and its shareholders. “Please take a moment to listen to the interview at http://ceoroadshow.com/digipath-interview/,” added Denkin.

 

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Vireo Health Launches New York’s First Same-Day Marijuana Delivery Service

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Vireo Health of New York (“Vireo” or the “Company”), a subsidiary of Vireo Health International (CSE: VREO), a leading physician-led, science-focused multi-state cannabis company, today announced that patients living in the New York City metro area, Westchester County, and Nassau County now have access to free, same-day marijuana delivery.

Launched in April 2017, Vireo’s medical marijuana home delivery service has rapidly expanded. Since its inception, the Company has made more than 25,000 home deliveries to patients. With over 1,000 Google reviews with an average 4.9 out of 5 star rating, it is now the first company in New York to offer a free same-day delivery option.

“Our same-day home delivery service is designed to match the convenience that New Yorkers have become accustomed to in the era of Amazon, Uber and Seamless,” said Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kyle Kingsley, M.D.  “The growing popularity of our home delivery service has allowed us to achieve the economies of scale necessary to offer same-day delivery throughout the Greater New York City area.”

Vireo’s home delivery service was designed by a team of security experts, pharmacists, and health-care providers. “As a physician-led company, our goal is to provide safe and effective products in a trusted and supportive environment, and nothing is safer than one’s own home. We want to ensure that all our patients do not feel stigmatized and can receive the highest quality service and products with the convenience they deserve,” said Stephen Dahmer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Vireo Health.

Patients who place orders by 12:00 p.m. EDT will be eligible to receive free same-day delivery. Payment for deliveries can be made using CanPay, a cannabis debit payment app available on iPhone and Android devices. More information is available online at www.vireohealth.com/ny/delivery.

 

SOURCE Vireo Health International, Inc.

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Choom Announces Warrant Extension

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Vancouver-based cannabis brand Choom™ (CSE: CHOO; OTCQB: CHOOF) has amended the expiry date of 2,352,500 outstanding share purchase warrants that were issued pursuant to a private placement completed in February 2018 (the “2018 Warrants”). Each 2018 Warrant currently entitles the holder to purchase one common share (a “Common Share”) in the capital of the Company at a price of $0.75 per Common Share at any time prior to 5:00 p.m. (Vancouver Time) on August 6, 2019 (the “2018 Warrant Expiry Date”). Subject to Canadian Securities Exchange approval, the 2018 Warrant Expiry Date will be extended to August 6, 2020. All other terms of the 2018 Warrants will remain the same.

Say hello to Choom™
Choom™ is an emerging adult use cannabis company whose mission is to establish one of the largest retail networks in Canada. The Choom brand is inspired by Hawaii’s “Choom Gang”—a group of buddies in Honolulu during the 1970’s who loved to smoke weed—or as the locals called it, “Choom”. Evoking the spirit of the original Choom Gang, our brand caters to the Canadian adult use market with the ethos of ‘cultivating good times’. Choom™ is focused on delivering an elevated customer experience through our curated retail environments, offering a diversity of brands for Canadians across a national retail network.

“Chris Bogart” 
President & CEO

Cautionary Statement:

NEITHER THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATIONS SERVICES PROVIDER HAVE REVIEWED OR ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.

Forward-looking information           
This news release contains forward-looking information relating to the Company’s proposed activities and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information relates to management’s future outlook and anticipated events or results and include statements or information regarding the future plans or prospects of the Company. Although management of the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. These factors include risks and uncertainties associated with or arising as a result of delays in obtaining or an inability to obtain required regulatory approvals, access to sufficient quantities of cannabis, the results of diligence investigations, the actions of third parties, the results of negotiations with third parties, developments in the cannabis sector, the ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, reliance on key personnel, regulatory risks and delays and other risks and uncertainties discussed in the management discussion and analysis section of the Company’s interim and most recent annual financial statement or other reports and filings, including those made with the CSE and applicable Canadian securities regulators. There can be no assurance that such forward looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking information.

SOURCE Choom Holdings Inc.

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