Tag Archives: Economic

Researchers: Secondhand Smoke Threatens Millions in Public Housing

Americans who live in public housing are exposed to secondhand smoke from their neighbors, according to researchers who demonstrated how smoke from one apartment unit can infiltrate into others. UPI reported June 19 that researchers Jonathan Winickoff of MassGeneral Hospital …

Join Together News Roundup for June 21, 2010

Golden age vs. the Age of Aquarius: Baby Boomers are increasingly showing up in addiction treatment programs ... Costco is funding a campaign to rewrite the liquor-control laws in the state of Washington ... New FDA rules going into effect this week ban "light" and "mild" branding, impose new warning-label requirements ... Wink, wink, nudge, nudge: Philip Morris tells customers that Marlboro Gold is the same as Marlboro Lights; FDA not amused ... …

Juarez Murders Tied to Success of Border Drug Enforcement

Success at inhibiting the flow of drugs from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, and other U.S. border towns may be fueling turf wars within the Mexican city, the Wall Street Journal reported May 22. Faced with a supply …

Judge Orders Lohan to Wear Alcohol-Monitoring Bracelet

Hollywood’s current poster child for untreated addiction, actress Lindsay Lohan, has been ordered by a Los Angeles judge to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet, attend alcohol education classes, and submit to random weekly drug tests. …

All Asian-Americans Not Equal When it Comes to Alcohol and Other Drug Use

In general, alcohol and other drug use is lower among Asians than most other ethnic groups in the U.S. But there are some strong differences in drinking and drug use among various Asian-American communities, a new report finds. Binge drinking …

Groups Seek $210 Million More for Block Grant

The Obama administration’s 2011 budget calls for flat funding of the $1.79-billion Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grant, but advocates are appealing to Congress to boost funding for the formula grant to states by $210 million. …

Join Together News Roundup for May 21, 2010

’Hey, Friend -- have you tried the new vodka in the skull bottle?’: New report says the alcohol industry is engaged in ’stealth’ marketing to youth on social-networking sites online ... Oh, about that vodka: Yes, there really is a brand of vodka being sold in a bottle shaped like a crystal skull. It just got banned in Ontario ... …

Join Together News Roundup for May 20, 2010

The latest research from NIAAA has implications for alcoholism treatment: scientists said that our genes play a big role not only in how we respond to drinking but how well alcoholics react to treatment medications like naltrexone ... In France, officials for the first time are confronting a problem long familiar to preventionists in the U.S. and U.K. -- youth binge drinking ... …

Philip Morris’ Bid to Eject FDA Panel Members Rejected

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a request by Philip Morris USA to remove four members of the agency’s tobacco advisory panel, the Associated Press reported April 29. The tobacco company claimed that committee chairman Jonathan Samet, …

Fla. Verdicts Trending Against Tobacco Companies

Florida juries are willing to buy the tobacco industry’s argument that smokers are partly to blame for their illness, but nonetheless are awarding large judgments against cigarette makers in product-liability lawsuits, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported April 5. Some juries have …