Tag Archives: Consumption Rates

Impairment in ’Cocaine Babies’ More Likely Driven by Environment, Study Says

Children exposed in-utero to cocaine often have lower IQs and do poorly in school and with language, but a new research review concludes that these impairments can usually be traced to the troubled environment the children of cocaine users live …

$1 Per Pack Tobacco Tax Hike Approved by Utah House

The Utah House of Representatives has voted 39-35 in favor of a measure that would raise the state tax on cigarettes by $1 per pack, from the current 69.5 cents to about $1.70. The Associated Press reported March 3 that …

Colleges Step Up Parental Notification of Alcohol Incidents

A growing number of colleges are alerting parents whenever their children under age 21 are involved in alcohol-related incidents at school. The Washington Post reported Feb. 24 that more schools now alert parents whenever underage students are caught drinking, drunk, …

Cigars, Pipes Damage Lungs Like Cigarettes

Smoking a pipe or cigar can damage your lungs even if you don’t inhale, according to researchers who said that smokers are mistaken to believe that substituting one kind of tobacco use for another will protect their health. WebMD reported …

Alaska Legislative Leader Wants All Alcohol Taxes Used to Fund Treatment, Prevention

Alaska Senate Majority Leader Johnny Ellis has proposed directing all tax revenues from sales of alcoholic beverages to paying for addiction treatment and prevention programs, the Associated Press reported Jan. 27. Ellis recently introduced legislation that would roughly double the …

$199 Million in Recovery Act Prevention Funds Awarded to States

Public-health programs to reduce smoking are among the targets of $119 million in awards made to the states under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Feb. 5. …

Ecstasy Especially Deadly for Young Users, Study Finds

Ecstasy is a stimulant like various classes of amphetamines, but the popular club drug is more likely to kill young and otherwise healthy users, Reuters reported Jan. 29. U.K. researchers who studied ecstasy and amphetamine related deaths found that ecstasy-related …

Rejection of U.S. Drug Policies Spreads Across Latin America

A growing number of countries in Latin America are rejecting the U.S.-style “War on Drugs” and are decriminalizing personal drug use in order to focus their resources on traffickers, Reuters reported Jan. 29. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico are …

Smoking Raises Risk of Alzheimer’s, Study Finds in Refuting Industry-Affiliated Research

Smoking cigarettes is a significant risk factor for development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of California at San Francisco. Some studies have suggested that smoking may protect against Alzheimer’s. However, researcher Janine K. Cataldo, …

U.K. Researchers Fault Alcohol Industry Self-Regulation

An investigation of internal marketing documents from alcoholic-beverage firms and their marketing agencies has led researchers in the U.K. to conclude that the country’s system of alcohol industry self-regulation has failed, Reuters reported Jan. 21. Stirling University researchers found that …