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 […]
Economic considerations are driving TV networks to broaden their acceptance of advertising for alcohol products, the Los Angeles Times reported Feb. 13. Local CBS affiliates in Los Angeles and 14 other cities aired ads for Absolut Vodka during the Grammy Awards broadcast earlier this month, the first time in years that hard-liquor ads have been […]
Law-enforcement agencies in California can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to address alcohol-related problems through comprehensive alcoholic-beverage control programs, including education, prevention and enforcement.
Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske will be the Obama administration’s nominee as the next director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the White House has confirmed. Multiple sources in the field also expect Tom McLellan, Ph.D., cofounder and CEO of the Treatment Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, to be […]
Legislation to ban drinking games like beer pong and flip cup in Baltimore bars is now off the table after beer-pong enthusiasts rallied opposition to the bill, the Baltimore Sun reported Feb. 11. State Sen. George Della Jr. withdrew the bill this week after receiving a flurry of emails from drinking-game supporters. “We’re getting inundated […]
The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV has teamed up with Media Literacy for Prevention, Critical Thinking, Self-Esteem, to provide educators with a free classroom lesson encouraging students to analyze beer ads aired during this year’s NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament. The lesson asks students to watch 1 […]
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the Media Literacy for Prevention, Critical Thinking, Self-Esteem, have created a free classroom lesson plan encouraging students to analyze beer commercials aired during this year's NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $296,800 to nine nonprofit groups in Appalachia for alcohol and other drug prevention projects. Grantees came from Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Tennessee. ARC is better known as an economic- and infrastructure-development organization. But as ARC co-chair Anne B. Pope noted, “We are […]