Tag Archives: Judicial

New Indiana Alcohol Law: ID Everyone

Starting July 1, store owners in Indiana will be required to check legal photo identification from all alcohol buyers, regardless of how old they appear, the Associated Press reported June 5. The law will apply to any establishment selling “carry-out” …

Tobacco Companies Switch to Color-Coded Labeling

Facing a federal ban on terms like “light,” “mild,” “medium,” “low,” and similar descriptors on cigarette packs, tobacco companies are starting to use color-coding to distinguish one variety of cigarette from another, the Associated Press reported June 4. Tobacco-control advocates …

ONDCP Seeks Teens to Influence ’Above the Influence’

The White House says that teens "understand and embrace" the Above the Influence (ATI) brand -- the peer-oriented ads promulgated by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. But the campaign’s supporters want to focus the ads more tightly to local needs, and is calling on communities to engage teens in the "Influence Project" to "share their insights about the positive and negative influences they see around them and their approach to ’staying above it.’" …

Public Smoking Ban Linked to Lower Arizona Hospital Admissions

One year out from a statewide public-smoking ban, hospital admissions for asthma, stroke, heart attacks, and angina fell sharply in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reported May 20. University of Arizona researchers analyzed data from all 87 of the state’s …

Cops Group Defends Tobacco Industry

Something called the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) -- which claims to be "the nation’s largest non-profit, non-partisan coalition of law enforcement professionals, crime victims, and concerned citizens united for justice" -- apparently feels that Big Tobacco needs police protection from bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). …

Join Together News Roundup for May 25, 2010

Some states may say that marijuana is medicine, but the VA is having none of that: doctors affiliated with the federal veteran’s health program have been barred from recommending medical marijuana to patients ... Meeting with the enemy: the head of the FDA’s new tobacco-regulation agency spoke this week at a conference of Big Tobacco execs ... …

Moderate Drinkers Have Less Heart Risk — But Maybe Not Because of Drinking

Like many other studies, new research from France concludes that moderate alcohol drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease than abstainers. However, researchers said that moderate drinkers also tend to have a higher social status, get more exercise, had …

We Can Close the Treatment Gap. Will We?

The Rhode Island Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap initiative released its report this morning. They asked me to speak at the event. That got me thinking. Why do we have this enormous gap? Why is such a complicated but treatable brain/behavioral disease treated mostly in a separate and unequal system where care is provided almost entirely without physicians by individuals with relatively modest formal training? …

Drug May Protect Former Smokers from Cancer

Researchers are studying whether a drug used to treat three other diseases could also protect former smokers from developing lung cancer, Reuters reported May 18. Iloprost — a version of prostacyclin, which has been shown to prevent lung cancer in lab …

Analysts Say FDA Menthol Probe Threatens Tobacco Profits

Investment advisors are worried that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of menthol cigarettes could pose a serious risk to cigarette companies that sell the flavored smokes, the Associated Press reported May 14. Fitch Ratings said companies like …