Tag Archives: Local Government

More Americans Dying in Mexican Drug War

Last year 79 American citizens were killed in Mexico, up from 35 in 2007 in a trend experts attribute to violence associated with Mexico’s ongoing battle with drug cartels. The Associated Press reported March 20 that the recent slayings of …

Study: Smoking Hurts Brain More than Drinking

Researchers who studied mental function in women concluded that those with a past history of smoking may suffer cognitive impairment, whereas those who drank too much in the past did not seem to suffer long-term mental problems, All Headline News reported …

Docs: Obama Should Quit Smoking, Moderate Drinking OK

President Obama should continue to use alcohol in moderation but should keep trying to quit smoking, according to doctors who conducted his routine medical exam.  Reuters reported Feb. 28 that physicians at the National Naval Medical Center pronounced Obama healthy …

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 …

Binge Drinking Confounds Any Health Benefits of Drinking, Study Says

Alcohol consumption may improve coronary health, some studies say, but new research suggests that even the occasional binge-drinking episode can foil any such health benefits, Reuters reported Feb. 18. A review of 14 previously published studies finds that occasional binge …

Obama Administration Seeks $300 Billion from Tobacco Industry

Both sides are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in an ongoing court battle between the federal government and the tobacco industry over cigarette companies’ long history of deceiving the public about the health risks of smoking. The …

Study Says Cost a Big Barrier to Smoking Cessation Referrals

Participation in a referral program for smoking and obesity prevention program dropped off 97 percent when patients were asked to pay for their own care, according to a recent study (PDF). Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University set up a collaborative effort …

Decriminalization, Legalization on Table in N.H.

Lawmakers in New Hampshire are considering bills that could decriminalize or even legalize marijuana possession, the North Andover Eagle Tribune reported Jan. 31. HB-1652 would allow adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana; the measure calls for 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 …

Big Tobacco Seeks Deal in Federal Racketeering Case

A secret meeting between U.S. Justice Department officials and representatives of major U.S. tobacco firms included talks about both sides dropping planned Supreme Court appeals of a major racketeering case, the Associated Press reported Jan. 16. Tobacco executives reportedly asked …