Tag Archives: Agencies

S.C. Approves Sentencing Reform, Removes Some Drug Mandatory Minimums

The South Carolina Senate has approved sweeping reforms of the state’s sentencing policies, including reductions in prison time for first-time drug convictions and non-violent offenders, The State reported March 26.  The bill modulates sentencing to focus on education and supervision …

Canadian Group Says Drug Enforcement Increases Violent Crime

A new report from the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS suggests that  law-enforcement crackdowns on drug gangs could backfire by creating instability that leads to violence, the National Post reported March 23. Report authors drew their conclusions from …

Health Benefits from Smoking Bans Greater for Older Nonsmokers

Past research has shown a reduction in heart attacks after communities ban indoor smoking, and a new study finds that limiting exposure to indoor tobacco smoke may be especially beneficial for men and women ages 55-74. Science Daily reported March …

NJ Community Leadership Initiative Training

*Editor’s Note, March 31, 2010: Registration for these trainings has been closed due to high demand. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact Aaron Kucharski at: akucharski@ncaddnj.org or fax: 609-689-3244. The Community Leadership Initiative is …

Appeals Court: Tobacco Firms Must Pay $24.8 Million to Florida Smoker’s Widow

The 3rd District Court of Appeal has upheld a $24.8-million judgment against a trio of tobacco companies in a products-liability case, Law.com reported March 19. The late John Luckacs’ case against Philip Morris USA, Brown & Williamson, and Liggett Group …

Utah Governor Likely to Allow Tobacco Tax

A new $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes is likely to become law in Utah after Gov. Gary Herbert indicated that he would not veto a measure containing the tax legislation, the Salt Lake Tribune reported March 12. State lawmakers incorporated the …

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill Banning Cigarette Shipments by Mail

The U.S. Postal Service will no longer deliver cigarettes to consumers under a bill approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate last week, the Buffalo News reported March 12. A version of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act also was …

Drug Czar Warns on Drugged Driving

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske told an international conference that driving under the influence of prescription and illicit drugs is a growing problem, the New York Daily News reported March 10. Appearing at a …

Middle-Aged Women Who Drink Moderately Gain Less Weight

A new study associates moderate drinking with less weight gain among middle-aged women, the Los Angeles Times reported March 9. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that women who had one or two drinks daily gained less …

Analysis Confirms Link Between Smoking and Prostate Cancer

A meta-analysis of 24 previous studies concluded that there is “good evidence that prostate cancer is likely a smoking-related tumor,” according to researcher Michael Huncharek. Reuters reported March 3 that Huncharek, a researcher at the Meta-Analysis Research Group in Columbia, …