Tag Archives: Consumption Rates

More Harmful Chemicals in Smokeless Tobacco Identified

Research unveiled at the recent national meeting of the American Chemical Society has identified additional hazardous ingredients in smokeless tobacco, which already was known to include more than two dozen dangerous substances. In fact, researchers said that a single portion …

Healthcare Rationing Affects the Alcohol, Drug Dependent

One of the big concerns about national healthcare reform is the prospect of government rationing of care, but a pair of recent stories shows that such decisions are already made in the U.S. as well as in Europe when it …

Calls for Personal Responsibility in Healthcare Reform Debate

Some medical professionals and regular citizens say that the issue of personal responsibility to lead healthy lives has been missing from the national debate over healthcare reform, MSNBC reported Aug. 10. “I just had to go take care of man …

Tobacco Firms Targeted Soldiers During Gulf War

U.S. tobacco companies viewed the first Gulf War as an opportunity to market cigarettes to members of the military, sometimes working with the Department of Defense to funnel free cigarettes to servicemembers and targeting them with ads and company-sponsored phone …

HIV Plus Binge Drinking Could Hinder Memory

A new Stanford University study suggests that short-term memory is hampered in people who have HIV and drink heavily, USA Today reported Aug. 3. More than half of the patients with HIV who participated in the study were found to …

Advocates Urge Feds to Draft Strong Parity Regulations

Advocates who cheered the historic passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 have shifted their focus to ensuring that federal agencies implement the measure in the full spirit of the …

Tobacco Racketeering Case Could Reach Supreme Court

A case in which the tobacco industry was found to have violated federal racketeering laws could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Dow Jones reported July 31. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the 2006 …

U.S. Considers Paying Off Afghan Poppy Farmers

As additional U.S. forces push deep into southern Afghanistan — where the Taliban is the strongest and the cultivation of opium is the most lucrative — the Obama administration is considering paying local farmers to cease planting poppies, the Associated …

Taxing Illicit Drugs Violates Constitution, Tenn. Court Rules

Tennessee’s so-called “crack tax” violates the state constitution because it doesn’t constitute a levy on “merchants, peddlers and privileges,” the state’s highest court has ruled. The Associated Press reported July 24 that the tax on illicit-drug sales, imposed in 2004, …

Calif. Lawmakers Want to Ban Self-Service Alcohol Checkout

Supermarkets would be barred from allowing customers to use self-service checkout lanes to purchase alcohol under a proposal now being debated in the California legislature, the Los Angeles Times reported July 8. Advocates like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the …