Officials in Colombia expect President Barack Obama to continue to send billions of dollars south to battle cocaine trafficking, contending that the alternative is more drugs on U.S. streets, Reuters reported Feb. 21. The Bush administration directed more than $5 billion at Plan Colombia, which focused on aiding Colombia’s military in drug interdiction and eradication […]
New research from Stanford University suggests that a drug used to treat nausea may be effective in combating withdrawal from opioid drugs, U.S. News and World Report reported Feb. 20. Researchers testing mice found that the drug ondansetron (Zofran) blocks certain 5-HT3 receptors involved in withdrawal. The researchers proceeded to test eight non-opioid-dependent human volunteers. […]
The 'winners' at the 'Hackademy Awards' differed from the films honored at this week's Oscars — and the recipients didn't show up to pick up their awards. But the name of the program designed to raise awareness about smoking in movies, didn't sit well with the organizers of the Academy Awards.
Cigarette smoke can cause the body’s immune system to attack lung tissue, causing damage that can lead to respiratory diseases, according to research from the University of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Feb. 17 that researchers led by Michael Borchers examined genetically modified mice to study the link between cigarette exposure, the immune system, and […]
A new report issued by a coalition of public-health organizations says that Big Tobacco is targeting women and girls with aggressive marketing campaigns that only new legislation from Congress can help address. The “Deadly in Pink: Big Tobacco Steps Up Its Targeting of Women and Girls” report says that the two largest tobacco companies in the […]
The Prisoner’s Family Conference is an opportunity for all who work with and serve children and families, as well as those in professions addressing issues affecting the prisoner’s family, to learn together and initiate action to elevate the prisoners’ family to integral, valuable and valued membership in the mainstream community. The conference will take place February […]
A new report issued by a coalition of public-health organizations says that Big Tobacco is targeting women and girls with aggressive marketing campaigns that only new legislation from Congress can help address.
The Prisoner's Family Conference is an opportunity for all who work with and serve children and families, as well as those in professions addressing issues affecting the prisonerâ€™s family, to learn together and initiate action to elevate the prisoners' family to integral, valuable and valued membership in the mainstream community.
The American Legacy Foundation’s ’truth’ youth smoking-prevention campaign saved far more money than it cost and was credited with preventing nearly half a million teens from starting to smoke, according to a new study. Researcher Matthew Farrelly, Ph.D., and colleagues from the RTI International’s Public Health Policy Research Program estimated that the $245 million spent […]
Sharply rising tobacco taxes may accomplish what state lawmakers largely failed to do when handed a pile of money from the nationwide tobacco settlement a decade ago: cut smoking rates. Bloomberg News reported Feb. 19 that the new 62-cent increase in the federal tobacco tax, combined with rising state tobacco taxes, could cut U.S. tobacco […]
The Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee has approved legislation to permit grocery stores and restaurants to sell beer with more than double the alcohol content currently allowed, the Associated Press reported Feb. 11. Currently, Alabama — like Mississippi and West Virginia — cap alcohol content in beer at 6 percent by volume. The new […]
A panel of independent physicians has developed cardiac-safety recommendations for prescribing methadone, an anti-addiction opiate that also has become increasingly popular as a painkiller, Reuters reported Jan. 23. Methadone can trigger an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to cardiac arrest, and the panel recommended that opioid treatment programs assess clients for their risk of […]
In a precedent-setting case, a Florida jury has awarded the widow of a smoker $8 million in damages in her lawsuit against tobacco company Philip Morris, the Associated Press reported Feb. 19. The suit is one of about 8,000 filed in Florida after the courts ordered a massive statewide class-action lawsuit, known as Engle, broken […]
Some smokers may be willing to quit smoking if informed that secondhand smoke is causing harm to their pets, MSNBC reported Feb. 9. Researcher Sharon Milberger of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and colleagues found that 28 percent of pet owners who smoke said they would attempt to stop if they knew that […]
Health officials in China say photos depicting the hazards of smoking should appear on cigarette packaging as part of a campaign called “Toward a Smoke-Free China,” the Associated Press reported Feb. 16. “An effective warning is very important,” said Yang Gonghuan, director of China’s National Tobacco Control office and deputy director of the Chinese Center […]
An increasing number of states have required that tobacco companies sell only fast-extinguishing cigarettes, but some smokers complain that the ’fire-safe’ smokes don’t taste good, MSNBC reported Jan. 27. The ’fire-safe’ cigarettes include bands of thick paper that resist burning if left unattended for more than five minutes. Research from New York — the first […]
Adolescents in the U.S., Canada and most countries in Europe are using less marijuana, perhaps because they also are socializing less, according to researchers who reviewed previously published prevalence studies from dozens of countries. The Associated Press reported Feb. 2 that the review of data on more than 93,000 15-year-olds concluded that marijuana use declined […]
A county sheriff in South Carolina has decided not to pursue marijuana-related charges against Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who was photographed smoking from a bong at a University of South Carolina party last fall. The Associated Press reported Feb. 16 that Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said that his department’s investigation — which included a […]
A county sheriff in South Carolina has decided not to pursue marijuana-related charges against Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who was photographed smoking from a bong at a University of South Carolina party last fall.
Teen smokers and adult smokers agree that the Marlboro brand is their cigarette of choice, and anti-smoking advocates say advertising is the reason why, the Associated Press reported Feb. 12. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that three brands of cigarettes — Marlboro, Newport and Camel — were […]
A new survey shows that 43 percent of active-duty military personnel engage in frequent binge drinking, including underage soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, the Associated Press reported Feb. 13. The survey of 16,037 military personnel by researchers at the University of Minnesota, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense, found that 67.1 percent of binge-drinking […]