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The FDA Is Cracking Down on American Spirit and So-Called "Natural" Cigarettes

If you’re a smoker looking for a “healthier” cigarette you may have turned to American Spirits in recent years. They’re marketed as “natural” and “additive-free,” leading many people to believe that they’re less harmful. This, of course, is bullshit. And now the FDA wants to finally crack down on them. » 8/27/15 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

Pax 2 Vaporizer Review: It's Like Smoking In the Future

Vindication is a glorious and complicated thing. When the original Pax vaporizer hit the market a few years ago, it promised to change how the world smoked. But with its finicky mouthpiece and penchant for clogging, that promise smoldered. Now, there’s the Pax 2—and holy shit is it a transformation. » 7/23/15 2:30pm 7/23/15 2:30pm

Remember that Pipe Mug from Cabin in the Woods? It's Real Now.

There's an excellent moment in Joss Whedon's horror-comedy Cabin in the Woods, where the stereotypical stoner, Marty, pulls up in his rundown auto drinking coffee from a mug. Except, it's not a mug at all but rather a giant retractable water bong. As is true with most awesome props, the smoke mug has become reality. » 11/16/14 2:00pm 11/16/14 2:00pm

How the Experimental Ebola Serum Is Being Grown Inside Tobacco Plants

For years, scientists have been looking for cheaper and faster ways to make vaccines, including tinkering with what sounds like an unlikely source: Tobacco plants. In fact, the highly experimental serum given to the two American Ebola patients was created using this novel technique. Here's how it works. » 8/07/14 2:36pm 8/07/14 2:36pm

Your Future Flu Vaccines Could Be Grown Inside a Tobacco Plant

Finally, some good news about tobacco and your health. No, there is no nicotine involved, but there will be lots and lots of virus-like particles. Tobacco plants could be one of the fastest and most effective ways of making the seasonal flu vaccine—much faster than the current method using chicken eggs. » 4/24/14 7:10pm 4/24/14 7:10pm

Tomorrow's Cancer-Blasting Wonder Drug Could Come From a Tobacco Plant

Australian researchers published findings this week on a newly-discovered plant compound that destroys cancer cells, but leaves healthy cells unharmed. They found it in possibly the last place you'd look for a cancer cure: the family of plants that brings us cancer's number-one culprit, tobacco. » 4/05/14 6:30pm 4/05/14 6:30pm

Here's What Happens When a Motorsport Maker Designs a Hookah

Hookahs, despite their long history in Middle Eastern cultures, are often treated as little more than fancy water pipes here in the US—something to be tucked away in a corner or stowed on a shelf when not in use. But this modern incarnation of the ancient smoking device is so drop-dead gorgeous, you'll want to display… » 2/21/14 4:20pm 2/21/14 4:20pm

The Cigarette Packages of the Future Are Going to Be Really Horrible

It's official: after rejecting the tobacco companies' appeal, the High Court of Australia has declared the country's new obligatory cigarette packaging law constitutional. Look at them above—starting on December 1, the packages' iconic brand design will be fully replaced by the horrors of smoking. » 8/15/12 11:20am 8/15/12 11:20am

Nicotine Vaccine Takes All the Fun Out of Smoking

Sometimes you want to smoke when you drink. Somewhere down the road, that turns into always smoking when you drink. Eventually that turns into just smoking. Cigarettes can be a tough habit to kick. But smokers might soon have some help. Scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York have cooked up a possible » 6/29/12 1:20pm 6/29/12 1:20pm

The Secret Tobacco Companies Don't Want You to Know: There's Radiation Inside Cigarettes

Rat poison. Lighter fluid. Battery acid. Pesticides. And now...radiation. What do they all have in common? They're all rolled into one cancer causing cigarette. What's worse, tobacco companies have known that radiation was inside cigarettes but hid evidence of it for 4 decades. » 9/30/11 11:13am 9/30/11 11:13am