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E-Cigarettes Deliver Little or No Nicotine, Study Finds

A small study conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University concluded that e-cigarettes failed to deliver on their promise of providing a dose of vaporized nicotine with every puff, CNN reported Feb. 8. Sixteen volunteers were given two popular brands of e-cigarettes …

Neb. Alcohol Industry Opposes Beer Tax to Fund Treatment

A proposal to use beer-tax revenues to fund an alcohol detoxification program in the notorious town of Whiteclay, Neb., is being opposed by alcohol industry lobbyists, the Omaha World-Herald reported Feb. 4. Whiteclay is home to four stores that sell …

Marijuana Decriminalization Considered in R.I.

A state Senate leader and the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) are pressing state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 3. Sen. Josh Miller, a local restaurant owner, heads a special …

Obama Proposes Increased Funding for Treatment and Prevention, but ’Balance’ Proves Elusive Goal

The Obama administration’s first stab at crafting its own national drug-control budget priorities (PDF) adds new funding for addiction treatment and prevention, but does little to close the huge gap between spending on drug supply- and demand-reduction efforts despite promises …

Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Md. Legislature

Maryland lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to legalize medical use of marijuana, the Baltimore Sun reported Jan. 27. House and Senate versions of the bill would allow individuals with a “disabling medical condition” to used marijuana to alleviate their symptoms …

FDA Seeks Overturn of E-Cigarettes Ruling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking a stay of a judge’s ruling that the agency lacks authority to regulate electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 2. The agency appealed U.S. District Judge Richard J. …

Colo. Senate Votes to Tighten Controls on Medical Marijuana

The Colorado Senate has voted 34-1 in favor of a bill that would require residents to have an established relationship with a doctor in order to obtain a recommendation to use marijuana for medical reasons, KDVR-TV reported Feb. 1. The …

Seneca Tribe Targets Senator for Support of Cigarette Shipping Bill

The reelection bid of freshman Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is being challenged by the Seneca Nation, which may spend $250,000 to oppose her because Gillibrand backs the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act — a measure that would ban the …

Changes to Prop 215 Struck Down by Calif. Supreme Court

California lawmakers had no right to impose a cap on the amount of marijuana that medical users could possess under the state’s Proposition 215 medical-marijuana law, the California Supreme Court has ruled.The Associated Press reported Jan. 21 that the court …

Kids with Addiction Issues More Likely to Play ’Choking Game’

Six percent of 8th-graders surveyed in Oregon said they had taken part in a dangerous game where kids choke each other to produce a sense of euphoria, and researchers said that adolescents with addiction or mental-health problems are among those …