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Wednesday December 18th, 2019 day edition

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(Reuters) - The nicotine formula used by controversial e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc is nearly identical to the flavor and addictive profile of Altria Group Inc’s highly successful Marlboro cigarette brand, new research suggests.

FILE PHOTO: Juul brand vape cartridges are pictured for sale at a shop in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., September 26, 2019.

Directly comparing Juul vaping devices to Marlboro cigarettes, the researchers analyzed the amount and chemical makeup of the nicotine in Juul’s cartridge-like disposable “pods.”.

By adding organic acids to liquid nicotine, San Francisco-based Juul was able to reduce the amount of “freebase nicotine” in the aerosol that users inhale.

They determined that Juul’s potency and flavor profile was almost exactly the same as Marlboro cigarettes, describing Juul as an “e-cigarette analog” of the U.S. market-leading brand.

“Juul is all the things about Marlboro that are addictive,” said Pankow, an expert in the chemistry of nicotine and tobacco smoke.

Therefore the company “sought to create a nicotine-based e-liquid that mimicked the nicotine experience” in cigarettes, according to the statement. »

Sir Ron Brierley reportedly arrested at Sydney airport, charged with possession of child pornography

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One of New Zealand's wealthiest and most respected businessmen, Sir Ron Brierley, has reportedly been arrested at Sydney Airport and charged with possession of child pornography.

When in Sydney, he resides in Australia's most expensive street, Point Piper's Wolseley Road.

"The Point Piper man was taken to Mascot Police Station and charged with six counts of possess child abuse material.". »

Demonstrators take to the streets in New York to rally for Trump impeachment

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“I’m here today because I see this as a chance for a pivotal point, a turning point in our future,” said 19-year-old student Serena Hertzog.

Demonstrators who were gathered in Times Square chanted slogans like “Impeach Trump” and held signs that read: “Trump is not above the law” and “Rise and resist.”.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and accused Democrats on Tuesday of pursuing an “illegal, partisan attempted coup” and declaring “open war” on American democracy. »

Almost 9 out of 10 Canadians feel food prices are rising faster than income: survey

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A new survey suggests that 87 per cent of Canadians feel that food prices are rising at a faster rate than their household income.

“We’ve done a survey on Canadians in terms of perceived food affordability because everyone enjoys complaining about food prices,” said Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of Dalhousie’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab.

“But 87 per cent is quite substantial — it means that the vast majority of Canadians actually do feel that food prices are moving much faster than their own income. »

Pope abolishes rule that kept church sex abuse cases top secret

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The measures brought by the Pope on Tuesday change universal church law, requiring the reporting of suspicions of sex abuse to civil authorities and forbidding attempts to silence those who report abuse or allege they have been a victim.

The pontiff decreed that information in abuse cases must still be protected by church leaders to ensure its “security, integrity and confidentiality”.

Pope Benedict XVI had decreed in 2001 that these cases must be dealt with under “pontifical secret”, the highest form of secrecy in the church. »