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Under 10 Percent of Retailers Selling to Kids, Report Finds

Just 9.9 percent of retailers sold tobacco products to underage users last year, the lowest rate ever reported and well off a peak of 40.1 percent in 1997, USA Today reported Aug. 10. The study (PDF) by the Substance Abuse …

Stern Warnings, Scary Pictures Coming to U.S. Cigarette Packs

Cigarette packs in the U.S. will soon feature blunter health warnings and graphic images of body parts riddled with cancer and other diseases associated with smoking, thanks to the tobacco-regulation bill recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. …

Alcohol Retailers Fight New Mass. Tax

A new Massachusetts tax on liquor, wine and beer went into effect this weekend, but the state’s alcohol sellers are working to reinstate a longtime sales-tax exemption on alcoholic beverages, the Associated Press reported July 31. As part of a …

E-Cigarettes Targeted in Oregon

Law-enforcement officials in Oregon have moved to prevent sales of so-called “e-cigarettes” in the state, KTVZ-TV reported July 30. In a move described as the first of its kind in the U.S., the Oregon Department of Justice went to court …

Policymakers Move to Equalize Cocaine Sentences

Support is solidifying in Congress and within the Obama administration to finally equalize the penalties for crimes involving the crack and powdered version of cocaine, the Washington Post reported July 25. A House subcommittee recently passed a bill that creates …

iPhone App Helps Marijuana Users Find Drug

A new application for the Apple iPhone called Cannabis uses mapping technology to help marijuana users find the nearest source for buying the drug, the Guardian reported July 20. The application, which has been approved by Apple and costs $2.99, won’t …

Drugs, Murder Inundate Border Town, Treatment Centers Targeted

Local news media in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, estimate that more and more of the nearly 700 people killed so far this year, were people with addictions seeking treatment at local centers, the Washington Post reported June 14. Some local officials …

Canada Considers Special Jail for People with Addictions

In an effort to keep repeat offenders from bouncing around the court system, Calgary, Alberta, is considering setting up a jail solely for people with addictions or mental health issues, the Calgary Herald reported May 14. The jail – the first …

Ohio Smoker Grows His Own Tobacco

Some people brew their own beer or make their own wine; now, an Ohio man is testing the viability of growing his own tobacco in the face of rising cigarette costs. The Akron Beacon Journal reported June 28 that Don …

Military Should Ban Tobacco Use, Experts Say

The U.S. military should start working toward a complete ban on the use of tobacco products, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine, although the panel convened by the Defense and Veterans’ departments acknowledged that such a ban …