Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

Blood Test Could Identify Heavy Drinkers

Analysis of protein changes in the blood could be used to distinguish heavy drinkers from light and moderate alcohol consumption, ANI reported March 24. Researchers working with lab primates identified 17 proteins that changed in the presence of alcohol and …

FDA Hears Mixed Opinions on Menthol Cigarettes

Some health officials told a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel that adding menthol to cigarettes could make smoking easier and more addictive, an opinion challenged by representatives of the tobacco industry. Reuters reported March 30 that the FDA’s …

4th National Conference on Women, Addiction and Recovery: Thriving in Changing Times

At the Fourth National Conference on Women, Addiction and Recovery: Thriving in Changing Times, July 26-28, 2010, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, Magnificent Mile, we will come together as a community to create a CONFERence filled with informed dialogue and stimulating resources …

Nonprofits Expecting a Rocky 2010

Almost 9 of 10 nonprofit groups believe that 2010 will be as difficult or more difficult fiscal year than 2009, according to a new survey. The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) survey also found that 80 percent of the more than …

Illinois Senate Votes to Tag Tobacco Wraps as Drug Paraphernalia

The Illinois Senate has voted 45-0 to include sheets or tubes of cigarette wraps — sometimes called “blunt wraps” — in the definition of drug paraphernalia, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported March 15. Possession of tobacco wraps would be considered …

Flaccid Stop-Smoking Message on Cigarette Packs Repel Some Egyptians

A public-service campaign that warns smokers of the danger of impotency with the image of a droopy cigarette has been condemned in conservative Egypt, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Feb. 21. The Ministry of Health ad — placed on every pack …

Researcher Suggests Making Cessation More Like Smoking

In a finding sure to be embraced by proponents of e-cigarettes, researchers at Duke University Medical Center say that smokers may respond better to cessation products that mimic the act of smoking. UPI reported March 11 that researcher Jed Rose, …

Analysis Confirms Link Between Smoking and Prostate Cancer

A meta-analysis of 24 previous studies concluded that there is “good evidence that prostate cancer is likely a smoking-related tumor,” according to researcher Michael Huncharek. Reuters reported March 3 that Huncharek, a researcher at the Meta-Analysis Research Group in Columbia, …

Poll: Maryland Residents Support Alcohol Tax Increase to Support Treatment

A poll commissioned by the Maryland chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence found that 72 percent of state residents back a proposed 10-cent-per-drink tax if the revenues are used to pay for addiction treatment, services for …

Few Drug Users Get HIV Prevention Help, Global Report Says

Only a fraction of the world’s injection-drug users receive education or other assistance in preventing contraction or spreading of the HIV virus that causes AIDS, according to a new study that says government health officials often overlook a key vector …