Tag Archives: Agencies

Legislators Seek to Overturn Nebraska’s Ban on Serving Beer Mixed with Liquor

A Prohibition-era law still on the books makes Nebraska the only U.S. state to ban bars from serving drinks that mix beer and liquor, and some lawmakers are trying to make the restriction history, ABC News reported Feb. 17. The …

Calif. University Wants Exemption from Social Host Law

Stanford University is seeking an exemption from a local county’s social-host law, saying it should not be held legally responsible for underage drinking by students living in university housing. The San Jose Mercury News reported Jan. 26 that school officials …

Lorillard Drops Deal with Swedish Match, Still Plans Smokeless Product

Lorillard Inc. says it has stopped developing a snus-like product with Swedish Match AB but still plans to enter the smokeless-tobacco market in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 9. Americans didn’t respond well to Lorillard’s test marketing …

States Could Raise $9 Billion by Increasing Cigarette Taxes, Group Says

Hiking cigarette taxes by $1 a pack — a move backed by 67 percent of voters — would allow cash-strapped U.S. states to raise more than $9 billion annually, according to a new report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids …

New Parents Open to Stop-Smoking Advice, Study Says

Parents of newborn children can be motivated to quit smoking by targeted interventions, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School. WebMD reported Feb. 1 that a study led by Jonathan Winickoff, M.D., found that 64 percent of parents of newborns …

E-Cigarettes Deliver Little or No Nicotine, Study Finds

A small study conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University concluded that e-cigarettes failed to deliver on their promise of providing a dose of vaporized nicotine with every puff, CNN reported Feb. 8. Sixteen volunteers were given two popular brands of e-cigarettes …

Tobacco Companies Want Ruling on Conduct Nullified

A 2006 Florida Supreme Court ruling that the tobacco industry sold defective products, covered up evidence about the health risks of smoking and lied to the public is being challenged in federal court, Bloomberg reported Jan. 26. Cigarette companies are …

Neb. Alcohol Industry Opposes Beer Tax to Fund Treatment

A proposal to use beer-tax revenues to fund an alcohol detoxification program in the notorious town of Whiteclay, Neb., is being opposed by alcohol industry lobbyists, the Omaha World-Herald reported Feb. 4. Whiteclay is home to four stores that sell …

More Americans Drinking at Home, Industry Group Says

Liquor sales are holding steady despite the recession, but industry data indicates that more Americans are drinking at home rather than going out to bars and restaurants, the Phoenix Business Journal reported Feb. 2. Liquor sales were up 1.4 percent …

Obama Proposes Increased Funding for Treatment and Prevention, but ’Balance’ Proves Elusive Goal

The Obama administration’s first stab at crafting its own national drug-control budget priorities (PDF) adds new funding for addiction treatment and prevention, but does little to close the huge gap between spending on drug supply- and demand-reduction efforts despite promises …