Tag Archives: Economic

Beer Is Alcohol, Russia Finally Says

The Russian parliament has moved to legally classify beer as alcohol for the first time, the Telegraph reported Feb. 23. It is currently classified as food. Part of a new government campaign limiting advertising and night-time sales of other forms …

Hackademy Awards Name Smokiest and Smokeless Movies of the Year

"There were no glittering stars getting out of limousines, but there was a red carpet, and there were still winners and losers at the 16th annual Hackademy Awards, spotlighting 2010’s smokiest – and smoke-free – movies." …

U.N. Says Designer Drugs a Global Threat

When it comes to controlling the harmful effects of drugs, governments worldwide have a long “to-do” list, according to a watchdog group at the United Nations. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has issued its annual report with a number …

Tax ’Alcopops’ as Liquor, Not Beer, Nebraska Judge Rules

In a lawsuit brought by groups fighting underage drinking, a Nebraska judge has ruled that “alcopops” should be taxed like distilled spirits, not like beer, The Associated Press reported Feb. 17. “Alcopops” are brewed malt beverages with distilled spirits added …

Study: Marijuana Linked to Early Onset of Psychosis

A new study suggests marijuana may accelerate the onset of psychotic disorders in some young users, Reuters reported Feb. 7. Matthew Large and colleagues at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, along with investigators at two U.S. sites, …

SAMHSA: Behavioral Health an Ever-Smaller Percentage of Total Health Spending

Although national spending on mental health and substance abuse grew between 1986-2005, it accounts for a shrinking part of the part of the pie, according to an analysis of public and private spending on health care done by the Substance …

Lung Association Blasts State Anti-Tobacco Efforts

A nationwide survey of state anti-tobacco efforts conducted by the American Lung Association (ALA) gave failing grades to 40 states and the District of Columbia, Bloomberg reported Jan. 20. The survey has been conducted by the ALA every year for …

Maker of Tobacco Lozenges Seeks FDA Okay for ’Less Harmful’ Claim

A small Virginia company, Star Scientific, Inc., is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market one of its smokeless tobacco products as less harmful than other tobacco products, the Associated Press reported Jan. 4. Star Scientific …

Maine Tops Nation in Treatment Admissions for Prescription Painkillers

New government data shows that Maine consistently outstripped other states over the past decade when measured by the number of residents seeking treatment for prescription painkillers, the Bangor Daily News reported Jan. 4.  The report, conducted by the Substance Abuse …

’Monitoring the Future’ Finds More Teens Using Marijuana While Alcohol Use Continues Decline

Daily use of marijuana has increased among eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade youth, while alcohol use -- at its lowest level since the survey began -- and binge drinking have continued long-term declines, according to 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) results released today. …