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Citing Health Reasons, Hospital Refuses Jobs to Tobacco Users

Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., says it will no longer hire users of tobacco products, saying the decision is rooted in concerns about community health, not a desire for cost savings. The Associated Press reported Jan. 18 that the nonprofit …

Maine Releases Substance Abuse Services Report Card

Augusta, ME — The Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission released the first ever Substance Abuse Services Report Card modeled after a 2006 report, Blueprint for the States: Policies to Improve the Ways States Organize and Deliver Alcohol and Drug Prevention …

More Smokers Cutting Back Due to Cost, Controls

Higher cigarette prices and smoke-free laws have not succeeded in eliminating smoking, but it has compelled a growing number of smokers to light up less frequently and publicly, the Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 12. About 20 percent of Americans …

Drug Use Rising Among Seniors; Baby Boomers Continue Using, SAMHSA Says

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds that 4.7 percent of Americans age 50 and older used illicit drugs during the past year, a figure that’s on the rise and reflective of lifelong drug …

U.K. Study Finds Link Between Youth Antisocial Behavior and Early Death, Disability

Boys with a history of juvenile delinquency as youths not only had more problems with addiction and mental illness later in life but also were more likely to be dead or disabled by age 48, according to researchers at Cardiff …

Dark Liquors Cause Worse Hangovers, But All Impair Morning-After Performance

Drinking darker-colored liquor like whiskey or bourbon is more likely to leave you with a hangover the next day than downing vodka or other clear liquors, researchers say. However, no matter what you drink your cognitive function is likely to …

Cigarette Cravings Impair Concentration

Cigarette cravings increase the likelihood that a person will lose their train of thought while performing a cognitive task, UPI reported Dec. 15. Craving interrupts meta-awareness, which is the ability to assess one’s own thoughts, according to researchers from the …

Even Casual Smoking Increases Risk of Breast Cancer

Women who smoke more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, but women can still improve their odds of dodging the disease if they quit smoking, researchers say. Reuters reported Dec. 11 that …

Fla. Appeals Court Says Faith-Based Prison Programs May Violate Constitution

A challenge to faith-based addiction-treatment programs operating in Florida prisons has been returned to a lower court for further review by the First District Court of Appeals, the Orlando Sentinel reported Dec. 16. The appeals panel said the circuit court …

Progress on Prevention Lags, Report Says

The U.S. healthcare system has some remarkable treatment success stories but efforts to prevent illnesses caused by smoking and other unhealthy behaviors has stalled, according to the annual America’s Health Rankings report. The report said smoking, poor dietary habits and …