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Studies Find Children of Smokers at Risk for Chronic Conditions

Children of parents who smoke are more likely to have a higher body-mass index and greater prevalence of behavioral problems, according to a pair of new studies, Med Page Today reported June 28. A study from the University of Bristol…

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Before Quitting May Help

Recent studies suggest that beginning nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) — nicotine-infused gums, patches, etc. — before quitting cigarettes may improve long-term cessation success, Reuters reported June 25. A study of 1,100 New Zealanders — half of whom began NRT two weeks…

The Boys Who Cried Truth: Lorillard Defends Menthol

The Lorillard tobacco company — which makes Newport cigarettes — wants it known that there’s nothing wrong with menthol cigarettes — well, nothing more than the death and disease associated with other cigarettes — and says it has the website to prove it.


The company’s Understanding Menthol website — amusingly unveiled on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the tobacco industry as the nation’s most deadly liars — can be best viewed as an attempt to sway public opinion ahead of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel’s decision on if and how menthol should be regulated, restricted or banned like other cigarette flavorings.

Kombucha Tea May Face Regulation as Alcoholic Beverage

The U.S. Treasury Department says that the kombucha variety of tea — which can ferment in the bottle — may be classified as an alcoholic beverage for regulatory purposes, the New York Times reported June 25. The agency said that…

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals by Both Sides in Tobacco Racketeering Case

To use some soccer terminology, this week’s Supreme Court decision on a landmark tobacco racketeering case was a draw. The high court’s refusal to review the case denied the government’s bid to get more money out of the industry, but…

Mass. Bill Would Allow Smoking in New Casinos

A Massachusetts bill authorizing licenses for three casinos in the state includes a provision to allow smoking in up to 25 percent of gaming areas, the Associated Press reported June 23.  “The marketing study has shown without smoking, it would…

Feds Set to Spend $12 Million Annually on Ignition-Interlock Devices

The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 includes $12 million in annual funding for development of alcohol-detection devices that could be installed in all cars.

Oregon Group Convinces Bookstore to Relocate Marijuana Publications

A brief advocacy campaign by Umpqua Partners for a Drug-Free Future led to the Borders bookstore chain to move High Times and other marijuana-related publications away from a display of children’s and teen’s books like Twilight, the group said.


Umpqua Partners founding partner Marlene Petersen visited a Waldenbooks location — owned by Borders — and noticed that publications like High Times and Weed World were displayed right behind the counter and near small backpacks for children and Twilight books intended for teen readers.

D.C. Medical Marijuana Law Attacked in Congress

Congress last year lifted a longstanding ban on use of public money to support medical marijuana in Washington, D.C., but now a pair of Republican lawmakers want to block implementation of the law. The Washington Post reported June 23 that…

Researchers: Secondhand Smoke Threatens Millions in Public Housing

Americans who live in public housing are exposed to secondhand smoke from their neighbors, according to researchers who demonstrated how smoke from one apartment unit can infiltrate into others. UPI reported June 19 that researchers Jonathan Winickoff of MassGeneral Hospital…

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