Author Archives: Join Together Staff Writer

Join Together News Roundup for June 11, 2010

Society needs to go back to school on preventing dangerous college drinking, a university administrator says ... Is the Obama administration trying to bury a report on Mexican meth production? ... A new Colorado law aims to rein in the state?s medical-marijuana dispensaries ... Secondhand smoke exposure could contribute to depression, a study finds ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 10, 2010

They don?t spend much time in smoky bars, but kids are among the beneficiaries of laws banning indoor smoking ... A Washington watchdog group says two FDA tobacco advisory panel members who work for drug companies should step down ... A state court has revived a lawsuit against a San Francisco ordinance banning pharmacies from selling tobacco products ... Walgreens -- which filed the S.F. suit -- also has resumed selling alcohol in its stores after a self-imposed 15-year ban ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 9, 2010

Have you been ’iced’? Smirnoff says don’t blame us for the viral game ... About half of Californians say they support marijuana legalization, but that may not be good news for supporters of the ballot question ... New Jersey medical-marijuana backers say they’ll brook no delay in implementing a new state law ... Relabeling loose cigarette tobacco as pipe tobacco has allowed the industry to avoid $250 million in taxes ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 8, 2010

Offering both counseling and medication to alcoholics saves big bucks for society, a new study says ... Seniors, prepare to be flattered: a new Indiana law requires retailers to check IDs of anyone buying alcohol, regardless of age ... a Montana proposal to direct alcohol tax revenues to addiction treatment and prevention has fallen victim to the state’s budget crisis ... Colorful cancer sticks: The tobacco industry is replacing terms like "light" and "mild" with new color schemes on cigarette packs ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 7, 2010

The ’pharming party’ may or may not be a myth, but it’s certain that high-school students are taking a lot of prescription drugs -- often without a prescription ... Drug courts are a ’top priority’ for the Justice Department, AG Holder says ... People with addictions and mental illness are big smokers, but a new study sees tax hikes as a way to get them to quit ... Big Tobacco and friends want the courts to block NYC from posting graphic antismoking warnings in stores, saying that consumers could be turned off. Isn’t that sort of the idea? …

Join Together News Roundup for June 4, 2010

One more reason to love Philip Morris: A new study finds that U.S. made cigarettes have more toxic chemicals than those made overseas ... Arizona residents will vote in November on whether to make medical marijuana legal ... The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to allow gun-owners to bring their weapons into bars ... Moderate drinking can reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes, Dutch researchers report. …

Join Together News Roundup for June 3, 2010

What say you, Amethyst Initiative? College students drink and drive more after they reach legal drinking age, a new study finds ... Former President George W. Bush says his journey from ne’er do well to the White House started with his decision to stop drinking ... Even notoriously frugal New Englanders are starting to hit the tobacco industry with large penalties in sick-smoker cases ... And it’s little wonder smokers get sick: a new study finds that smoking caused literally tens of thousands of genetic mutations in tissue taken from a middle-aged smoker. …

Join Together News Roundup for June 2, 2010

Here’s a retailer that doesn’t discount public opinion: the owner of TJ Maxx pulled drinking games from store shelves after an inquiry from a Boston reporter ... a Saudi treatment program is looking to the U.S. for a model for improving services in a country where Islam prohibits any use of alcohol or other drugs ... Pink cigarettes, anyone? Tobacco companies are ramping up marketing to women in poor countries as smoking among men declines ... No spitting, smoking or swearing: An upstate New York college is using positive peer pressure to fight bad behaviors. …

Join Together News Roundup for June 1, 2010

Cutting out the middleman: A new study says that heroin addicts who don’t respond to methadone can benefit from heroin maintenance ... Highly pure heroin from Mexico is causing more overdoses in the U.S. ... An energy drink called "Four Loko" has 12 percent alcohol ... Some doctors won’t perform elective surgery on smokers, citing liability concerns and risk of complications. …