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Study: Snuff Causes Nicotine Dependence Like Smoking

Tobacco companies are promoting use of snuff and other smokeless tobacco products as an alternative to smoking, but new research shows that snuff users are just as addicted to nicotine as smokers, Reuters reported Feb. 25. Swedish researchers who studied …

Moral Judgment Still Plays a Role in Prescribing Pain Meds

Few doctors still believe that pain is God’s will and that treating it could be a sin, but morality and legality still play a major role in prescribing pain medication, Time magazine reported Feb. 24. Up to 15 percent of …

Miss. Now Requires Prescription for Drugs Containing Pseudoephedrine

In a move intended to hamper production of illicit methamphetamine, the governor of Mississippi has approved a law requiring a doctor’s prescription to buy any drug containing pseudoephedrine, the Associated Press reported Feb. 11. The bill signed by Gov. Haley …

Study Links Alcoholic Energy Drinks to Intoxication, Drunk Driving

Bar patrons who consumed energy drinks mixed with alcohol were three times more likely to leave drunk and four times more willing to drive drunk compared to patrons who drank alcohol alone, according to researchers who surveyed college-aged drinkers as …

Ban on ’Synthetic Marijuana’ Approved in Kansas

The Kansas state House and Senate have voted in favor of a measure that would criminalize possession of a product called K2 or Spice, which some have characterized as a form of synthetic marijuana. The Kansas City Star reported Jan. …

Colo. Senate Votes to Tighten Controls on Medical Marijuana

The Colorado Senate has voted 34-1 in favor of a bill that would require residents to have an established relationship with a doctor in order to obtain a recommendation to use marijuana for medical reasons, KDVR-TV reported Feb. 1. The …

Reuter: Nations Need to Regulate Marijuana

Drug policy experts led by Peter Reuter conclude in a new analysis that criminalization of marijuana has failed worldwide and called on governments to find new ways to manage supply of the drug, Reuters reported Jan. 26. In a new …

NYC Tobacco Regulation Bid Shot Down by Supreme Court

New York City cannot use federal racketeering laws to force Internet tobacco sellers to hand over lists of buyers in the city who could be dodging local cigarette taxes, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. …

Public Smoking Ban Advances in Indiana House

A bill that would prohibit smoking in most public places in Indiana has been approved in a 7-5 vote by the state legislature’s House Public Policy Committee, the Associated Press reported Jan. 20. The full House will now consider the …

Smoking in ’Avatar’ Earns Film ’Black Lung’ Award

Antismoking activists criticized the blockbuster film “Avatar” for depicting one of its central characters as a heavy smoker, but director James Cameron said the critics are missing the point he was trying to make about maintaining healthy habits, the New …