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JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, March 21- Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Commentary: Love Your Quitter Until They Quit for Good

Unfortunately, too often, smokers are thought of as people who simply can't kick their "nasty habit." That's dead wrong -- smokers are not the enemy. Rather, they are the individuals that we need to help now, more than ever to quit because for most smokers, tobacco is an addiction that they desperately want to overcome, says David Dobbins of Legacy.

Four Loko Maker Agrees to Limits on Marketing to Young People

The maker of the flavored malt beverage Four Loko agreed this week to sharply limit its marketing to young people, Reuters reports.

Role of Alcohol in Traffic Deaths Substantially Underreported: Study

A new study concludes the role of alcohol in traffic deaths in the United States may be significantly underreported on death certificates.

Young Adults Who Occasionally Use Cocaine or Amphetamines Show Brain Changes

Young adults who occasionally use stimulants including cocaine, amphetamines or prescription drugs such as Adderall show brain changes on scans, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego.

Relatively Few Counties Account for Much of Declining Smoking Rates

A relatively small number of counties, most of them with big populations or near larger cities, account for much of the declining smoking rates in the United States, according to new research.

Emergency Departments Prescribing More Opioid Painkillers

Emergency departments are prescribing more opioid painkillers than in previous years for problems such as headaches or low back pain, a new study concludes. Many of these patients could be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, experts say.

“Mindfulness” Meditation Can Help Reduce Addiction Relapse Rates: Study

An approach to meditation called “mindfulness,” which teaches self-awareness, can be effective in preventing relapses of drug and alcohol abuse, a new study suggests.

Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes Can be Poisonous, But Isn’t Regulated

Liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be poisonous, but is not regulated by federal authorities, The New York Times reports.

Smokers Who Use E-Cigarettes Not More Likely to Quit, Study Suggests

A study of smokers finds those who also use e-cigarettes are no more likely to quit smoking after a year, compared with smokers who don’t use the devices.

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