Tag Archives: Laws

Smoking Could Soon Be Illegal in Calif. Parks, at Beaches

California lawmakers have approved extending bans on smoking in public to state parks and beaches, motivated less by health concerns than a desire to cut down on litter. The Christian Science Monitor reported March 23 that lawmaker Sen. Jenny Oropeza …

Large Study Affirms Heart Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking

A new study of about 250,000 Americans gave new support to the claim that moderate alcohol consumption benefits coronary health, but this study and a new research review both conclude that heavier drinking confers no health benefits, Reuters reported March …

Stop Smoking Message Was British Man’s Final Request

A British man who died from emphysema had a sign stating, “Smoking Killed Me” placed on his hearse and at his grave site in hopes of encouraging others to quit their addiction, the Associated Press reported March 3. The will …

Analysis Confirms Link Between Smoking and Prostate Cancer

A meta-analysis of 24 previous studies concluded that there is “good evidence that prostate cancer is likely a smoking-related tumor,” according to researcher Michael Huncharek. Reuters reported March 3 that Huncharek, a researcher at the Meta-Analysis Research Group in Columbia, …

Poll: Maryland Residents Support Alcohol Tax Increase to Support Treatment

A poll commissioned by the Maryland chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence found that 72 percent of state residents back a proposed 10-cent-per-drink tax if the revenues are used to pay for addiction treatment, services for …

Few Drug Users Get HIV Prevention Help, Global Report Says

Only a fraction of the world’s injection-drug users receive education or other assistance in preventing contraction or spreading of the HIV virus that causes AIDS, according to a new study that says government health officials often overlook a key vector …

Marijuana Cases Continue in Denver Despite Voter Directive

Marijuana arrests and prosecutions have continued virtually unabated in Denver, despite passage of a voter initiative calling for police to make such cases their lowest priority, the Denver Post reported March 1. The ballot question was approved by city residents …

Ban on Tobacco Lozenges Killed in Idaho

Flip-flopping by an Idaho state lawmaker who is married to a tobacco-industry lobbyist is being blamed for the defeat of a bill that would have banned the sale of dissolvable tobacco products. The Associated Press reported Feb. 23 that the proposed ban was defeated …

Ohio Weighs Cost Benefit of Smoking Ban

Ohio’s 2007 law that bans indoor smoking has cost the state a net of about $2 million to enforce, the Columbus Dispatch reported Feb. 22. The Ohio Department of Health estimated total enforcement costs at $3.2 million, but said that …

Study: Friends, Relatives Biggest Source of Opiate Painkillers

A startling 97 percent of individuals who misused painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin said that they got the drug from a friend or relative with a prescription, HealthDay News reported Feb. 18. Researchers who surveyed 5,300 adults in Utah found …