Tag Archives: Entertainment

Study Suggests Minorities Smoke Less, But Find Quitting Harder

New research suggests that smoking is less prevalent in communities of color, and, among those who smoke, racial and ethnic “minorities” are more likely to be “light” smokers — but may find it harder to quit, UPI reported Mar. 9. The …

Big Tobacco Stalls Statements in Federal Lawsuit

As part of an ongoing lawsuit, the U.S. Department of Justice wants tobacco companies to issue public statements written by the department about the dangers of tobacco, but the companies in the suit want to edit them before they are …

Longevity Gender Gap in Europe Largely Due to Smoking

A recent review of mortality data from 30 European countries found smoking to be the prime reason women are outliving men, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 18. Researchers led by Gerry McCartney, head of the Public Health Observatory for the …

N.Y. Considers E-Cigarette Ban

Lawmakers in New York have proposed a statewide ban on electronic cigarettes, the Associated Press reported Jan. 25. The bill was introduced by a former smoker, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), after she saw e-cigarettes on sale at malls and encountered …

Survey: Dramatic Decline in Teen Exposure to Anti-Drug Messages

New York, NY – The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study (MTF) — the largest survey on teen drug abuse tracking over 46,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders – found a huge falloff in teens’ recalled exposure to drug abuse prevention …

HBO Advertising Prohibition Show in Liquor Store Windows

Time Warner’s HBO network is advertising a new TV show about Prohibition in liquor stores, raising awkward questions about whether it is in effect marketing alcohol to minors. …

Schumer Calls for FTC to Investigate Alcoholic Energy Drink Marketing

Certain brands of alcoholic energy drinks are marketed with the intent of appealing to underage drinkers, charged Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in calling for an investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Associated Press reported July 11 that …

Join Together News Roundup for July 8, 2010

Treatment programs need to meet the unique needs of methamphetamine users, researchers say ... Pennsylvania is experimenting with high-tech alcohol vending machines ... California’s NAACP chapter has endorsed a marijuana-legalization ballot initiative ... Youthful marijuana use may or may not cause depression, but there seems to be an association between the two, a new study finds ... …

Missouri Now Has Nation’s Lowest Tobacco Tax

South Carolina’s recent decision to raise its tax on tobacco products leaves Missouri with the nation’s lowest tax on cigarettes — a situation unlikely to change soon, observers say. St. Louis Public Radio reported June 10 that despite major budget …

Workers of the World, Alight!

In another step in their drive for legitimacy, medical-marijuana workers in Oakland, Calif., have joined a local chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. "Medical cannabis industry workers" at a half-dozen sites -- including the prominent Oaksterdam University -- have voted to join the Retail, Statewide Agriculture, Food Processing and Community Patient Care Union, UFCW Local 5. …