Tag Archives: Economic

Indonesia and U.S. Clash Over Possible Ban on Clove Cigarettes

Some Indonesian politicians are concerned that U.S. legislation banning the sale of clove-flavored cigarettes would hurt four million clove farmers in Indonesia, Bloomberg News reported May 19. The ban is part of legislation allowing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) …

Alabama Legalizes Stronger Beer

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has approved legislation allowing beer with higher alcohol content to be sold in restaurants, bars and some retail stores, the Associated Press reported May 22. The legislation raises the legal alcohol limit on beer from 6 …

Family Prevention Program Nurtures Genetically ’At-Risk’ Teens

New research from the University of Georgia suggests that a family-based prevention program helps youth avoid binge drinking and other drug use even if they carry a gene linked to risky behaviors. The study, which was supported by the National …

Outlook Grim for Texas Smoking Ban

Sponsors of a proposed statewide indoor-smoking ban in Texas are throwing in the legislative towel after a battle with the tobacco industry derailed the measure. The Dallas Morning News reported May 20 that bill proponents are looking towards the next …

Celebrity Rehab Seeks Image Makeover

Malibu, Calif.-based ’rehab center to the stars’ Promises says that the antics of some of its former clients have hurt its image, and is seeking to win back some public respect, the Los Angeles Times reported May 13. Highly publicized …

S.F. Considers Raising Cigarette Tax to Pay for Litter Cleanup

The city of San Francisco is considering adding 33 cents to the cost of a package of cigarettes and using the money to offset the $10.7-million spent annually to remove discarded cigarette butts from city sidewalks and drainpipes, the New …

Alcohol and Other Drug Use Spikes After Terror Attacks

People subjected to the trauma of a terrorist attack are likely to drink, smoke or take illicit drugs in the aftermath, though perhaps not in the large numbers observers might expect, a study finds. For example, research shows that roughly …

Communities Profit from Nonprofit Advocacy, Study Finds

A new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) found that North Carolina residents received $89 in benefits for every $1 that foundations invested in advocacy, organizing and civic-engagement efforts by 13 local nonprofits, PNN Online reported May 8. …

New iPhone Application for Smoking Cessation

Smokers who use Apple iPhones now have an application available to help them quit smoking, the GW Hatchet reported May 11. Lorien Abroms, an assistant professor at George Washington University (GW), created “My QuitLine” - a free application for the iPhone that …

Facebook Staff Scour Site for Objectionable Images

Some employees of the popular social-networking site Facebook have the full-time job of scanning the images posted to user pages and deleting those that are explicitly sexual or contain images of underage drinking or illicit drug use, Newsweek reports in …