Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

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 …

Army Opiate Treatment Utilization Up 500 Percent

The number of U.S. Army soldiers enrolling in treatment for opiate addiction rose 500 percent between 2004 and 2009, Fox News reported May 6. A total of 529 soldiers sought opiate-addiction treatment through the military last year, up from 89 …

SC Senate Passes Cigarette-Tax Hike, Awaits Gov.’s Approval

After passing the House, the S. Carolina Senate voted 41-1 to raise the cigarette tax by 50 cents per pack, the Post and Courier reported May 6. At seven cents per pack, S. Carolina currently has the lowest cigarette tax …

Mexican Drug Violence Threatens to Bust Texas Boom City

McAllen, Texas, a border city that has spent the last two decades reversing its economic fortunes through jobs and trade with Mexico, is now being threatened by that relationship due to a surge in violence across the border, the Wall …

’Crazy Heart’ Honored for Depiction of Addiction

The Oscar-nominated film “Crazy Heart,” which features Jeff Bridges as an alcoholic country singer, was honored in the annual Prism Awards for its accurate portrayal of the disease of addiction, the Hollywood Reporter reported April 22. Bridges and costar Maggie …

GPS for the Recovering? Researchers Studying Behavior Through Mapping

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) researchers are studying whether additional clues to the environmental factors associated with addiction can be uncovered by tracking addicts’ whereabouts through GPS technology, CNET News reported April 21. Researcher David Epstein and colleagues are …

Program that Pays Addicts for Sterilization Expands to Europe

The highly controversial Project Prevention, a North Carolina charity that gives cash payments to drug addicts who undergo sterilization or start on long-term birth control, is receiving a similar mixed reception as it expands into the United Kingdom. Time magazine …

Marijuana Use Pervasive Among Potential NFL Draftees

A history of marijuana use still counts as an unsavory mark on football players coming out of college and entering the National Football League (NFL) draft, but NFL personnel officials say that use of the drug has become so widespread …

Medical Marijuana Bill Eases Through Maryland Senate

A medical-marijuana bill has been approved 35-12 in the Maryland Senate, but the state House won’t vote on the measure this year, the Baltimore Sun reported April 11. The Senate vote came too late for the House to consider the …

Bad Kitty? ’Hello Kitty’ Debuts Wine Line in U.S.

The popular Japanese children’s character Hello Kitty is now appearing on a line of branded wines, LA Weekly reported March 25. Marketed in the U.S. by Innovation Spirits, the wines include bottles adorned with Hello Kitty images, hearts, and neck …