Morning Roundup: Dec. 31, 2018

By The Fix staff 12/31/18

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 - Canada relationship conflict
Bringing up old charges again over a diplomatic spat. Akarat Phasura |

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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