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Louisiana House Rejects Smoking Ban

The Louisiana House of Representatives shot down legislation that would have banned smoking in bars and gambling facilities, the Associated Press reported June 2. Legislators voted 71-29 against the bill, with opponents arguing that a smoking ban would result in …

Mass. Alcohol and Other Drug Advocacy Leadership Training Institutes

Alcohol and other drug addiction is the cause of serious human, social and financial consequences for individuals, families and all communities in Massachusetts. Every aspect of our social service, health care and criminal justice systems bear significant financial burdens due …

Drinking Frequency Can Predict Bingeing, Study Says

Individuals who drink more than twice a week are more likely to engage in heavy or binge drinking, according to researchers from the University of Montreal and the University of Western Ontario who studied drinking patterns by gender and age …

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Decreased in 2006

The U.S. cancer death rate fell two percent in 2006, continuing a long-term trend, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The Associated Press reported May 27 that federal data indicates that the cancer death rate dropped …

House Approves Michigan Smoking Ban; Senate Fight Looms

The Michigan House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation that would ban smoking in bars and restaurants but allow smoking in casinos, cigar bars, and specialty smoke shops, the Detroit Free Press reported May 26. The bill moved to …

State Budget Cuts Burn Tobacco Prevention Programs

State smoking-prevention programs are being slashed or even shut down as states grapple with massive budget deficits, the Associated Press reported May 27. In Vermont, for example, state lawmakers are cutting $1.9 million from antismoking efforts, while Washington state legislators …

States Waste Billions Dealing with Consequences of Addiction, CASA Study Says

The vast majority of the estimated $467.7 billion in substance-abuse related spending by governments on substance-abuse problems went to deal with the consequences of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, not treatment and prevention, according to a new report from …

Alabama Legalizes Stronger Beer

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has approved legislation allowing beer with higher alcohol content to be sold in restaurants, bars and some retail stores, the Associated Press reported May 22. The legislation raises the legal alcohol limit on beer from 6 …

Outlook Grim for Texas Smoking Ban

Sponsors of a proposed statewide indoor-smoking ban in Texas are throwing in the legislative towel after a battle with the tobacco industry derailed the measure. The Dallas Morning News reported May 20 that bill proponents are looking towards the next …

Calif. Supreme Court Resurrects Class Action Suit Against Tobacco Industry

The California Supreme Court has ruled in favor of smokers who want to bring lawsuits against the tobacco industry for deceptive advertising, despite a 2004 ballot initiative that sought to limit such lawsuits, the Los Angeles Times reported May 19. The …