Alan Landers — best known as the face of Winston cigarettes — passed away at the age of 68 after a long struggle with throat cancer, the Associated Press reported Mar. 4. Landers, whose legal name was Allan Levine, posed for Winston in the 1960’s and 1970’s. After realizing the health ramifications associated with smoking cigarettes, Landers […]
Gays, lesbians and bisexuals are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals, and prevention organizations are battling tobacco ads aimed at the gay population as well as taking some unique approaches to changing the community's smoking culture.
Varenicline is already sold as a stop-smoking drug under the name Chantix, but now researchers say the drug also may help heavy drinkers cut down on their alcohol consumption, Medical News Today reported March 3. Yale School of Medicine researchers found that heavy-drinking smokers given varenicline were less likely to drink than those given a […]
Public and private nonprofit organizations may apply for funding that supports the development and use of local recovery-oriented systems of care which help fill gaps between addiction treatment need and capacity.
Grants of up to $750,000 will be awarded under the U.S. Department of Justice's Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative, which supports demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated.
Texas serves as a national model for providing addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs to prison inmates, but could do even more to cut recidivism rates and divert offenders from prison to treatment, according to former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. The Austin American-Statesman reported March 4 that Dukakis visited Austin to promote increased investment in treatment […]
A new study from New Zealand suggests that alcohol may trigger depression, and disputes previous findings that suggest the reverse is true, MedPage Today reported Mar. 2. Researchers from the University of Otago’s Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences arrived at their conclusion using statistical models applied to a group of individuals with alcohol […]
Sales of alcopops fell 26 percent in the three months after Australia increased taxes on the sweet alcoholic drinks, The Australian reported March 2. The tax was increased in April 2008. Researchers said about half of the decrease in sales could be attributed to cuts in alcohol intake, while other former alcopop consumers switched to drinking […]
Scenes of smoking and drinking should be considered when movies are being rated, but such scenes alone should not automatically earn movies an “R” rating, parents said in a new survey. HealthDay News reported March 3 that researchers surveyed parents of children ages 9 to 15 and found that 66 percent believed that alcohol should […]
New research from Johns Hopkins University suggests that teenagers who smoke may triple their risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, the Associated Press reported Feb. 23. In the first study to examine the link between MS and early smoking, lead researcher Joseph Finkelstein and colleagues analyzed data from the 2002 National Health […]
A California legislator has introduced a bill to legalize and tax marijuana, saying that doing so could raise $1.3 billion in annual revenues for the state, the Sacramento Bee reported Feb. 24. Legalization also would free up police to focus on other crimes, said Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the San Francisco Democrat who proposed the legislation, AB-390. […]
Binge drinking and alcohol consumption in general is higher among adolescents who own alcohol-related t-shirts, hats and other marketing items, according to researchers at Dartmouth College. HealthDay News reported March 2 that a survey of about 6,500 youths ages 10 to 14 found that up to one in five said they wore or owned alcohol-branded […]
Legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the sale and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives, and is likely to become law during the current session of Congress, the Associated Press reported March 2. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) reintroduced […]
Medical use of marijuana could soon be legal in New Jersey after the state Senate voted to allow residents to use the drug to treat a variety of illnesses, the Gloucester County Times reported Feb. 24. The Senate voted 22-16 in favor of a measure sponsored by Sen. Nicholas Scutari, who said that medical-marijuana users […]
Mexico remains a major drug production and transit route but is making progress against cartels and gangs, concludes the U.S. State Department in its annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. Reuters reported Feb. 27 that the report named 20 countries with major drug trafficking problems, including Afghanistan, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Venezuela, Myanmar and Bolivia […]
DEA raids on medical-marijuana dispensaries could end, with the federal government leaving enforcement of state medical-marijuana laws to the states, Attorney General Eric Holder seemed to indicate in recent comments to reporters. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Feb. 27 that the Obama administration may tack away from the policy of DEA raids and federal prosecutions […]
The New York state legislature is poised to repeal its Rockefeller-era drug laws, sweeping away the last of a set of harsh mandatory sentences in place since the 1970s, the New York Times reported March 1. The state Assembly is expected to approve a measure this week to return sentencing discretion to judges and allow […]