China retries Canadian on drug charges due to diplomatic conflict, Jon Jones get defensive over drug test question, drinking less can help smokers quit for good.

China to Retry Canadian on Drug Charge Amid Diplomatic Spat [ The New York Times ]
China dregs up some old charges against a Canadian with drug charges in China after Canada upset them.

A female reporter asked Jon Jones about his failed drug tests. ‘You suck,’ he replied. [ Washington Post ]
MMA fighter Jon Jones responded rudely with a “You suck” to a reporter who asked about Jones’ drug charges.

For those in drug addiction recovery, the holidays bring chances to reconnect but also challenges [ Chicago Tribune ]
Families come together over the holidays, and those who have been suffering from substance abuse disorders may be in for a rough time.

Can artisanal weed compete with ‘Big Marijuana’? [ AlterNet ]
Now that marijuana is becoming legal in many states, the inevitable entry of large corporations into the market might displace all the home-grown ops.

The Science Of A ‘Buzz’: How Alcohol (Temporarily) Excites Nerves [ Forbes ]
The exact nature of the ‘buzz’ of alcohol on the nervous system are still outside the grasp of knowledge, but interestingly, many other species also experience this buzz.

Slash Dodged £100-Per-Cigarette Smoking Fine On U.K. Tour [ UCR ]
Legendary rocker Slash recalls how far he went for his cigarette addiction and how he kicked the habit.

Drinking less alcohol may help smokers quit: study [ Global News ]
Some research suggests that avoiding drinking may be the key for quitting smoking.

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