Tag Archives: Legislators

Studies: E-Cigarettes Popular, May Be Effective at Helping Smokers Quit

A new research study from Boston University suggests that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may be more effective at helping smokers quit than nicotine patches or gum, TIME magazine reported Feb. 10. The researchers, led by Michael Siegel, M.D., sent surveys to …

Recovery Advocates Call on U.S. Representatives to Join Addiction Caucus

"Faces & Voices of Recovery is organizing recovery and treatment advocates to ask their U.S. Representatives in Congress to join an addiction caucus focused on substance use disorders treatment and recovery." …

Study Links Private Alcohol Sales to More Deaths

A study led by a researcher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia found a strong correlation between an increase in private liquor stores and alcohol-related deaths, Reuters reported Jan. 31. The study was conducted in British Columbia between …

Possible FDA Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Haunts Brand Leader

Lorillard, Inc., the third-largest tobacco maker in the U.S., is fighting to stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from banning menthol in cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 5. Menthol cigarettes make up about 30 percent of industry …

Family History of Alcoholism Ups Obesity Risk

A family history of alcoholism could make people more likely to overindulge on junk food, Reuters reported Dec. 31. To assess whether familial alcohol dependence was linked to obesity, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) researchers compared national survey data …

Maker of Tobacco Lozenges Seeks FDA Okay for ’Less Harmful’ Claim

A small Virginia company, Star Scientific, Inc., is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market one of its smokeless tobacco products as less harmful than other tobacco products, the Associated Press reported Jan. 4. Star Scientific …

Improving Compliance: New Long-Term Treatments for Opioid Addiction on Horizon

Compliance to daily drug regimens has been an ongoing challenge in opioid-addiction treatment, but, emerging long-term therapies may provide an effective solution. …

Vermont Creates Online Game to Help Smokers Quit

Back in 1995, Join Together developed a fledgling web-based smoking cessation tool. It eventually became an independent company, QuitNet.com, which may be the largest smoking cessation program in the world. That?s why we?re especially glad when we see other public health advocates continue to innovate in this area. Case in point: the Vermont Health Department is offering an online video game to smokers who want to quit. …

After 17 Years, JT News Editor Moves On

Since before our online operations were even on the Internet, Bob Curley has been the news editor and principal writer behind Join Together’s daily coverage of alcohol, tobacco and drug issues. After seventeen years and over 30,000 stories, Bob is hanging up his hat at Join Together to focus on other work in the health sector and elsewhere. …

Will the FDA Curtail Tobacco Signs in Poor Neighborhoods?

Tobacco signs are more common in less affluent communities -- and Latino and African-American populations are particularly affected -- the Boston Globe reported August 30. But all that could change, now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can regulate tobacco companies. …