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CDC Head Faces New Challenges in Fighting Smoking

The man who spearheaded New York City’s successful battle against smoking will face a much different political landscape as he takes the helm at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Associated Press reported June 6. Thomas Frieden …

Health Insurance Firms Hold Billions in Tobacco Investments

Health and life insurance firms in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom hold at least $4.4 billion in investments in companies that manufacture tobacco products, according to an article in the June 4, 2009 issue of the New England Journal …

Senate Starts Floor Debate on FDA Tobacco Bill

The U.S. Senate has voted 84-11 in favor of beginning debate on a bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco products, Reuters reported June 2. Floor debate began Tuesday on the …

Maine Alcohol and Other Drug Advocacy Leadership Training Institutes

We invite you to participate in a one-day Advocacy Leadership Training Institute, co-sponsored by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse (MAPSA), Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery (MAAR), and Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs (MASAP). …

Tennessee Governor Will Veto Bill Allowing Guns in Bars

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said that he plans to veto legislation allowing people to carry firearms into restaurants and bars, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported May 28. The measure was slated to take effect June 1. “To carry a concealed …

Senate Health Committee Approves FDA Tobacco Regulation

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has voted 15-8 to approve a bill giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) power to regulate tobacco products, the Wall Street Journal reported May 21. The bill could be headed to …

Wisconsin Gov. Signs Smoking Ban Into Law

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has approved legislation establishing a smoking ban in bars, restaurants and other workplaces, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported May 18. “We all can take a deep breath and enjoy the accomplishment that will occur here today,” …

Marin Institute Releases New Alcohol Tax Calculator Tool

Online Feature Helps States Charge for Harm to Raise Revenue Marin Institute has released the country’s first online alcohol tax and fee calculator to assist lawmakers looking for new revenue. The user-friendly tool is available at http://www.MarinInstitute.org/. The powerful program …

Heavy Drinking Can Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Long-term heavy drinkers were 1.6 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than nondrinkers, according to researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Reuters reported May 14 that researcher Mirjam M. Heinen and colleagues drew their conclusions from more than …

Alcohol and Other Drug Use Spikes After Terror Attacks

People subjected to the trauma of a terrorist attack are likely to drink, smoke or take illicit drugs in the aftermath, though perhaps not in the large numbers observers might expect, a study finds. For example, research shows that roughly …