Tag Archives: binge drinking

Death Toll from Mexican Drug War Exceeds Prior Reports

Recent reports based on confidential government data indicate that deaths resulting from the Mexican government’s three-year attack against drug cartels far exceed previously cited estimates. The death toll from the soaring violence exceeds 22,000, well more than the figure of …

R.J. Reynolds Settles Canadian Cigarette Smuggling Case, to Pay $324 Million

Tobacco company R.J. Reynolds has agreed to pay the Canadian government about $324 million to settle a long-running case involving cigarette smuggling, the Bloomberg reported April 13. Reynolds, which makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, agreed to settle a civil …

Research Revived on Using Hallucinogens to Treat Mental Illness, Addiction

As memories of Woodstock-era acid trips fade from memory, researchers are revisiting hallucinogenic drugs as possible treatments for addiction and mental illness, the New York Times reported April 12. Researchers at Johns Hopkins, for example, are studying whether psilocybin, the …

State Can Ban Alcohol Ads in College Newspapers, Court Rules

The state of Virginia’s alcohol regulatory board was within its rights to ban college newspapers from running alcohol-related advertising, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled. Inside Higher Ed reported April 12 that the court ruled …

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Alabama House Committee

A medical-marijuana bill has been advanced by a committee in the Alabama House of Representatives, but probably too late for a vote to take place in the full legislature, the Montgomery Advertiser reported April 8. The Michael Phillips Compassionate Care …

Submarine Smoking Ban Planned

Citing the hazards of secondhand smoke, the U.S. Navy plans to prohibit smoking aboard submarines, AFP reported April 6. Currently, individual sub commanders have discretion over onboard smoking, and many subs have designated smoking areas. “That atmosphere moves around the …

U.K. Plans to Ban Mephedrone

The U.K. government plans to label the currently legal club drug mephedrone a controlled substance on par with marijuana and amphetamines, CBC News reported March 29. A synthetic form of cathinone — the active ingredient in the traditional North African …

Camel Ads Affect Teen Girls’ Cigarette Preferences: Study

A new study finds that a marketing campaign for Camel No. 9 cigarettes has a major impact on the brand preference expressed by girls ages 12-16, USA Today reported March 15. Researchers found that twice as many girls (22 percent) …

Traumatic Flashbacks More Likely Among Moderate Drinkers

Moderate alcohol consumption prior to a traumatic event like a car crash or sexual assault has been linked to higher rates of flashbacks among victims. Researchers from University College London also found, however, that no increase in flashbacks was reported …

$1 Per Pack Tobacco Tax Hike Approved by Utah House

The Utah House of Representatives has voted 39-35 in favor of a measure that would raise the state tax on cigarettes by $1 per pack, from the current 69.5 cents to about $1.70. The Associated Press reported March 3 that …