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Oil companies leak toxic gas across Texas — making local residents sick

Tens of thousands of people live close to oil and gas wells where they risk exposure to hazardous levels of hydrogen sulfide. Regulators do little to protect them.

June 12, 2024
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FAQ: Is leaking hydrogen sulfide a risk to Texans living near oil wells?

June 12, 2024
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How Philip Morris International secured a stake in one of the world’s few growing cigarette markets

The tobacco giant and its longtime business associate quietly gained a major foothold in Egypt, as the country sold off its stake in its state tobacco monolith.

May 8, 2024
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Medscape severs ties with tobacco industry after backlash over $3M Philip Morris International deal

The medical education provider had proposed a year’s worth of online content about smoking cessation backed by the tobacco giant, an internal document shows.

April 26, 2024
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Court suspends battery recycling plant in the Republic of Congo, citing lead poisoning

Residents who live near the Metssa factory in Vindoulou submitted blood test results, including those commissioned by The Examination, as evidence of a health crisis.

April 23, 2024
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Kenya advances graphic health warnings on nicotine pouches

The new labels are being proposed after The Examination revealed that British American Tobacco had successfully lobbied for minimal health warnings on its products.

April 22, 2024
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FAQ: Here’s what to know about delta-8 and other hemp products in the US

April 18, 2024
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Sales of delta-8 and other hemp products have soared. So have calls to poison control centers.

 As a new kind of legal weed takes the U.S. by storm, regulators, law enforcement and even industry voices are calling for more oversight.

April 18, 2024
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While many Black women in US abandon hair relaxers linked to cancer, sales climb in African countries

The companies at the center of thousands of U.S. lawsuits produce some of Africa’s most popular chemical straighteners like Dark & Lovely and TCB Naturals.

April 10, 2024
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As obesity rises, Big Food and dietitians push 'anti-diet' advice

General Mills warns of “food shaming"; dietitian influencers promote junk foods and discourage weight loss efforts.

April 3, 2024