Media + Culture

A Peruvian Shaman Talks Ayahuasca, Healing and Tourism

Isasina is a member of the Shipibo-Conibo, an Indigenous nation centered in Peru’s Ucayali River region. He is also an…

November 18, 2022

A Full Moon in the Amazon: My Ayahuasca Experience

In April 2021, I visited Pucallpa in the Amazon region of Peru. The city of 300,000 sits on the hot…

November 18, 2022

Can the US Tobacco Control Debate Ever Find Common Ground?

University of Michigan faculty members Ken Warner and Cliff Douglas have worked for decades to combat smoking. Warner, 75, an…

November 16, 2022

How to Read the CDC’s Confusingly Presented Youth Vaping Data

I don’t think I’d ever heard of the annual National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), conducted annually by the Centers for…

November 10, 2022

The Stigmatization of Smoking Is Not Harm Reduction

Smoking has been stigmatized for some time. Once it was normal for idolized film actors, philosophers and writers to be…

November 1, 2022

Instagram’s Page-Deletions of Black Women in Psychedelic Advocacy

After a year of running her Instagram page, “Black People Trip,” Robin Divine had built up a following of over…

October 14, 2022

Make It Make Sense: The Confusing Terminology Around Safer Nicotine

Nicotine vapes contain no tobacco but are routinely called “tobacco products.” A 2019 lung disease outbreak is still known as…

October 12, 2022

“Rainbow Fentanyl” Is Probably a Good Thing, at This Point

When Toronto’s Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site opened as an unsanctioned service in August 2017, drug-checking data contributed by staff…

September 23, 2022

How to Respond Sensibly to an Increase in Youth Vaping

For the past few years, the United States public health community has been amplifying irrational fears among certain sections of…

September 15, 2022

Why Aren’t We Celebrating the End of Teenage Smoking?

When I was a teen in a small Midwestern town in the 1970s, the US high school smoking rate was…

September 12, 2022