Tag Archives: Consumption Rates

Submarine Smoking Ban Planned

Citing the hazards of secondhand smoke, the U.S. Navy plans to prohibit smoking aboard submarines, AFP reported April 6. Currently, individual sub commanders have discretion over onboard smoking, and many subs have designated smoking areas. “That atmosphere moves around the …

Maine Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

A system of eight regional, state-regulated centers will be set up to distribute marijuana to authorized medical users in Maine under a bill approved by the legislature on April 7. The Bangor Daily News reported April 8 that legislation passed …

Adults’ Newborn Neurons Could Play Role in Addiction

Past research shows that the adult brain can produce new neurons, and a new animal study shows how manipulating neuron production could provide the basis for addiction treatment, Scientific American reported March 30. Researchers at the University of Texas recently …

U.K. Plans to Ban Mephedrone

The U.K. government plans to label the currently legal club drug mephedrone a controlled substance on par with marijuana and amphetamines, CBC News reported March 29. A synthetic form of cathinone — the active ingredient in the traditional North African …

Federal Law Could Derail Marijuana Legalization in California

The Obama administration has taken a hands-off approach to state medical-marijuana laws, but opinions differ on whether the federal government would allow a state like California to legalize non-medical possession of the drug, the Woodland (Calif.) Daily Democrat reported March …

$372 Million in Prevention and Wellness Grants Awarded

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a total of $372 million in prevention and wellness oriented grants to 44 communities, using money from the 2009 Recovery Act. The grants, made under HHS’ Communities Putting Prevention to …

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill Banning Cigarette Shipments by Mail

The U.S. Postal Service will no longer deliver cigarettes to consumers under a bill approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate last week, the Buffalo News reported March 12. A version of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act also was …

Indoor Smoking Ban Signed into Law in Kansas

 A bill banning smoking in indoor public spaces in Kansas has been signed into law by Gov. Mark Parkinson, the Associated Press reported March 12. The measure passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature. It will take effect on …

Drug Czar Warns on Drugged Driving

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske told an international conference that driving under the influence of prescription and illicit drugs is a growing problem, the New York Daily News reported March 10. Appearing at a …

Indiana Smoking Prevention Agency in Peril

The Indiana Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Board could be dismantled and its functions folded into the State Department of Health, the Associated Press reported March 9. State lawmakers are considering the plan forwarded by Indiana Budget Director Chris Ruhl, …