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Join Together News Roundup for June 2, 2010

Here’s a retailer that doesn’t discount public opinion: the owner of TJ Maxx pulled drinking games from store shelves after an inquiry from a Boston reporter ... a Saudi treatment program is looking to the U.S. for a model for improving services in a country where Islam prohibits any use of alcohol or other drugs ... Pink cigarettes, anyone? Tobacco companies are ramping up marketing to women in poor countries as smoking among men declines ... No spitting, smoking or swearing: An upstate New York college is using positive peer pressure to fight bad behaviors. …

Rep. Souder, Backer of Harsh Drug Laws, Resigns from Congress

The Congressman who authored legislation to bar students with past drug convictions from getting federal education aid has resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair with a married staff member. The New York Times reported May 18 that Rep. Mark …

Insurers Seek to Limit Scope of Federal Parity Regulations

The 2008 federal addiction and mental-health parity law is under attack by insurance companies that want the Obama administration to delay implementation of the regulations and change some of the rules designed to ensure that behavioral-health problems are treated on …

Risk to Pets Another Reason to Quit Smoking, Say Advocates

Veterinarians, anti-smoking groups, and animal advocacy organizations are teaming up to get people to stop smoking for the sake of their pets, USA Today reported May 10.  Studies have shown an increased risk of lung and nasal cancer in dogs …

Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Nicotine Addiction

Genetic markers for smoking initiation, smoking cessation, and heavy smoking have been identified by researchers who hope that the information could someday be used to identify individuals at high risk of nicotine addiction and match them to effective treatment, HealthDay …

One in Three Elderly Drinkers Face High Risk of Harm, Study Finds

One-third of American drinkers over age 60 consume excessive amounts of alcohol, are at risk of dangerous interactions between alcohol and medications, or have illnesses that can be exacerbated by drinking, according to researchers at the David Geffen School of …

Research Uncovers Link Between Substance Use, Frequent Indoor Tanning

New research shows that high levels of substance use among young adults are linked to problematic levels of indoor tanning, perhaps because of a similar addictive process for the two behaviors. …

Rent-a-Drug-Dog Service Offered to Parents

Parents who suspect that their kids are using drugs can now rent a retired drug dog from a Chandler, Ariz., woman to help sniff out evidence, the Phoenix New Times reported April 13. Amy Halm and her dog, Dargo — …

High-Alcohol Beer Coming to Stores in Calif., NYC

A Scottish microbrewery that has received intense criticism for marketing products with an alcohol content far exceeding popular brands is shipping one of its beers to select retailers in California and New York City, Time magazine reported April 10. BrewDog …

Heart Benefits of Moderate Drinking May Extend to Young Adults, Researchers Say

Moderate alcohol consumption among young adults appears to have similar protective benefits for heart health as those seen in older adults, although it has been difficult to study the effects of moderate drinking on heart disease in younger populations, according …