Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

Indiana Alcohol Board Wins Sales Permit Fight

Indiana liquor retailers have lost another round in their lawsuit against the state’s alcohol control board, Indystar.com reported March 5. The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers sued the state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission in January 2010 for granting more permits …

Fla. Gov. Slashes ’Pill Mill’ Database

In a move that surprised officials in multiple states, Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed eliminating a long-awaited “pill mill” database designed to combat prescription drug abuse, The Orlando Sentinel reported Feb. 8. A 2009 law passed by the Florida legislature …

Study Links Private Alcohol Sales to More Deaths

A study led by a researcher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia found a strong correlation between an increase in private liquor stores and alcohol-related deaths, Reuters reported Jan. 31. The study was conducted in British Columbia between …

Drug Czar Issues ’Bath Salts’ Warning

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) issued a nationwide warning about the dangers of legal synthetic drugs often marketed as bath salts while various states moved to ban them, the Associated Press (AP) reported Feb. 2. …

Obama Advocates Curbing Demand to Fight Drug Abuse

In a show hosted on YouTube, President Barack Obama said he saw drug abuse as a public health problem and that it should be treated as one, though he does not favor legalization, Reuters reported Jan. 27 Obama told an …

Teens Who See Tobacco Ads More Likely to Smoke

New research corroborates that teens exposed to tobacco ads are more likely to smoke, and are not simply more susceptible to advertising, Reuters Health reported Jan. 18. According to the study abstract, researchers surveyed 2,101 teens between 10 and 17 …

Beyond Four Loko: Tackling Alcohol Ads for Young Drinkers

While removing alcoholic energy drinks such as Four Loko from the market may have been necessary, it doesn’t solve underage drinking and binge drinking -- or the advertising by the alcohol industry that, at least in part, fuels them. …

Texas Rangers: A Class Act

The S.F. Giants have won the World Series, but the Texas Rangers have won our respect. …

Vermont Creates Online Game to Help Smokers Quit

Back in 1995, Join Together developed a fledgling web-based smoking cessation tool. It eventually became an independent company, QuitNet.com, which may be the largest smoking cessation program in the world. That?s why we?re especially glad when we see other public health advocates continue to innovate in this area. Case in point: the Vermont Health Department is offering an online video game to smokers who want to quit. …

After 17 Years, JT News Editor Moves On

Since before our online operations were even on the Internet, Bob Curley has been the news editor and principal writer behind Join Together’s daily coverage of alcohol, tobacco and drug issues. After seventeen years and over 30,000 stories, Bob is hanging up his hat at Join Together to focus on other work in the health sector and elsewhere. …