Tag Archives: Legislators

N.J. Lawmakers Apply Smoking Laws to E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes would be treated just like regular ones under a bill approved by the New Jersey legislature, the Associated Press reported Dec. 12. The bill, passed 38-0 in the Senate, would ban the use of e-cigarettes in places where …

Welsh Smoking Ban Helped Lower Heart Attack Rates

The smoking ban in Wales that took effect in April 2007 has helped decrease the number of people having heart attacks, according to a recent report by the nation’s chief medical officer, the BBC reported Dec. 9. The annual report …

No Parity in New Wisconsin Health Plan, Critics Charge

Wisconsin’s new BadgerCare Plus Core health insurance plan — designed to provide health coverage to 50,000 low-income adults — violates state and federal addiction and mental-health parity laws, according to critics. The Madison Capital Times reported Dec. 6 that the …

Supreme Court Decision Plays Role in Drug Convictions Being Overturned

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that criminal defendants have the right to directly challenge forensic experts who prepare drug tests and other lab reports has caused several gun and drug convictions to be overturned in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe …

Drinking Coffee When Drunk Creates False Sense of Sobriety

Drinking coffee not only doesn’t sober you up when you are drunk but can make you reckless by imparting a false sense of sobriety, according to animal researchers at Temple University. The BBC reported Dec. 9 that a study led by …

Drinkers Can Track BAC with New iPhone App

A new iPhone application helps users keep track of their blood-alcohol content (BAC) and sends warning messages if data indicates the user is “buzzed” or legally intoxicated. The Denver Post reported Dec. 2 that the free R-U-Buzzed? application developed by …

Progress on Prevention Lags, Report Says

The U.S. healthcare system has some remarkable treatment success stories but efforts to prevent illnesses caused by smoking and other unhealthy behaviors has stalled, according to the annual America’s Health Rankings report. The report said smoking, poor dietary habits and …

Annual Smoking Death Toll Tops 5 Million Worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that at least five million people die from smoking each year, along with another 600,000 who die from secondhand-smoke exposure, the Associated Press reported Dec. 9. The WHO said that 95 percent of the …

Phone App Allows Drinkers to Track Consumption

The U.K. health ministry has released a software application for iPhone and Windows phones intended to empower users to keep better track of their drinking, the BBC reported Dec. 1. The free Drinks Tracker app generates graphs based on individual …

Anti-Tobacco Campaign Linked to Lower Levels of Teen Smoking

North Carolina’s statewide anti-tobacco media campaign, ”Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered” (TRU), has reached a record number of youth in the state and helped lower teen tobacco use, according to a study by the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. TRU’s …