Tag Archives: Perinatal

Colo. Lawmakers Look to Rein In Medical Marijuana

Legislators in Colorado are proposing a wide range of regulations to control medical-marijuana dispensaries, the Denver Post reported Nov. 8. Bills under consideration include measures that would limit the number of patients a provider could service, require medical-marijuana clinics to …

$13.5 Million Awarded for Treatment Capacity Expansion

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $15.3 million in grants for expanding addiction treatment capacity “in communities that can most benefit from these types of integrated comprehensive services,” the agency announced. Thirteen grantees will receive …

Judge to Rule on FDA Oversight of e-Cigarettes

A federal judge may soon decide whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate electronic (e-) cigarettes as drug-delivery devices, the Christian Science Monitor reported Oct. 17. The case challenging FDA authority over e-cigarettes was …

Adult Drug Treatment Courts Funded

Adult drug treatment courts in 44 communities nationally will be expanded thanks to $38.2 million in grants recently awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The three-year grants will be used to provide addiction treatment, recovery …

Rental-Car Firms Ban Smoking

Budget Rent-a-Car and Avis are prohibiting smoking in their rental vehicles as of Oct. 1, the Los Angeles Times reported Sept. 13. The agencies announced that all rental vehicles will now have a sticker warning drivers and passengers not to …

More Smokers Growing Own Tobacco

A growing number of smokers are deciding to cultivate their own tobacco plants at home, with some tobacco-seed suppliers seeing a tenfold increase in sales, the Associated Press reported Aug. 19. While most people still rely on tobacco companies for …

Parents, Friends Influence Teen Smoking

Occasional teen smokers whose parents smoke and provide minimal supervision have a 71-percent chance of becoming daily smokers, while children of nonsmokers who are closely supervised face just a 31-percent chance of becoming addicted to cigarettes, according to a new …

Drinkers Exercise More than Abstainers, Study Finds

A new study finds that moderate and even heavy drinkers tend to be more active than those who abstain from alcohol, a counterintuitive finding that seems to defy easy explanation by researchers. Reuters reported Aug. 31 that researcher Michael T. …

Tobacco Industry at Table as FDA Mulls Regulations

Three representatives of the tobacco industry will be part of a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel charged with issuing recommendations on issues such as allowing menthol flavorings in cigarettes and use of the term “light” on …

Study Sees Few Cancer Risks from Smokeless Tobacco

A new research review concludes that smokeless-tobacco use poses little cancer risk to users — and far less than smoking tobacco — but the findings were immediately challenged by another tobacco researcher. MedPage Today reported July 29 that researchers Peter …