Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

Anti-Tobacco Campaign Linked to Lower Levels of Teen Smoking

North Carolina’s statewide anti-tobacco media campaign, ”Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered” (TRU), has reached a record number of youth in the state and helped lower teen tobacco use, according to a study by the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. TRU’s …

Good Parenting Creates Drug-Free Kids, Conference Experts Say

Of all the answers offered at a recent conference on “How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope,” perhaps the one from Joseph A. Califano, chairman and founder of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), best …

Ban on Fortified Wine, Strong Beer Improves Life in Tacoma Neighborhood

Residents of Tacoma, Wash.’s South End and East Side say that their quality of life has improved since sales of cheap, high-alcohol wine and beer were banned in October 2008, the Tacoma News Tribune reported Dec. 1. The area was …

Potent Marijuana Tied to Psychosis Risk

Marijuana bred to contain high levels of THC could raise the risk of developing psychosis, according to researchers from the U.K. Reuters reported Nov. 30 that researchers Marta di Forti and colleagues from King’s College London compared users of potent …

Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Wisconsin

Lawmakers in both houses of the Wisconsin state legislature are considering bills that would legalize medical use of marijuana, the Wausau Daily Herald reported Nov. 28. The measures introduced in the state Senate and Assembly could make Wisconsin the 14th …

Philip Morris Ordered to Pay $300 Million to Ex-Smoker

A Florida jury has ordered tobacco company Philip Morris USA to pay $300 million in damages to a former smoker who said that using the company’s products caused her to develop emphysema and require a lung transplant. The New York …

More Workers Seek to Clear Criminal Records to Find Jobs

The lousy U.S. job market has made it more urgent for workers with criminal convictions to seek to have their records purged so they can compete for work, the Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 11. Petitions to clear criminal records …

Crushing Virtual Cigarettes to Squish Addiction

Can destroying cyber-cigarettes help smokers quit? Surprisingly, a new study says yes. The Los Angeles Times reported Nov. 4 that Canadian researchers found that 15 percent of smokers enrolled in a stop-smoking support group were able to quit after 12 …

Residents Confront Local Drug Dealers Over Community Impact

Residents in Peoria, Ill., recently got the chance to confront alleged drug dealers about how they are negatively impacting the community, the Peoria Journal Star reported Nov. 4. As part of the Drug Market Intervention program, police and prosecutors reviewed …

Combine Nicotine Patch, Lozenges to Quit Smoking, Researchers Say

A study comparing five pharmaceutical approaches to quitting smoking found that mixing nicotine patches and lozenges was the most effective, in part because it seemed to best duplicate the highs and lows of nicotine addiction faced by smokers, HealthDay News …