Smokeless tobacco use by adolescent males in the United States increased over a recent five-year period, HealthDay News reported March 5. According to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, smokeless tobacco use among males ages 12-17 increased from 3.4 percent to 4.4 percent between 2002 and 2007. By comparison, […]
Beer with an alcohol content of up to 13.9 percent by volume would be legal for sale in Alabama under a measure approved by the state House of Representatives, the Associated Press reported March 4. The measure was approved on a 49-37 vote and now moves to the Senate, where companion legislation has already been […]
Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke have twice the risk of major depression as individuals who are not exposed, according to researchers. USA Today reported March 4 that research unveiled at a recent American Psychosomatic Society meeting examined depression rates among nonsmokers exposed to tobacco smoke at work or home, verifying exposure by measuring […]
Backers of a bill that would repeal the remainder of New York's Rockefeller-era drug laws have decided to alter their approach to getting the bill passed in hopes of avoiding charges of being soft on crime.
Legislation that authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the sale and marketing of tobacco products has passed a congressional panel and is now headed to a hearing by the full House of Representatives.
Screening and brief intervention (SBI) for addictions and other behavioral problems could save billions in healthcare costs if widely implemented as a component of national healthcare reform. But experts say that the programs need to be introduced in a systemic fashion to be effective and avoid overburdening physicians. Various research studies have shown that SBI […]
Study participants who watched films accompanied by alcohol commercials were more likely to drink beer or wine during the movies than those who viewed the flick minus the alcohol ads, according to researchers. HealthDay News reported March 4 that the study involved 40 young Dutch men ages 18 to 29 who were invited to watch […]
Individuals charged with low-level drug crimes could be diverted to addiction-treatment programs rather than sent to prison under legislation approved this week by Kentucky’s House Judiciary Committee. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported March 5 that the measure would allow offenders to get up to 18 months of treatment in county jails or at community-based programs; those […]
The North Carolina House Health Committee has approved a bill that would ban smoking in most public places — a significant step in the home state of Tobacco Road. The Associated Press reported March 3 that the health committee approved the measure on a voice vote and sent it to a legal committee for consideration. […]
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 […]