Tag Archives: Public Policy

Ohio Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced

A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Ohio and allow certified users to grow the plant for personal medical use has been introduced in the state legislature, the Columbus Dispatch reported April 6. The measure was introduced by Rep. …

Mass. Alcohol Awareness Townhall Meeting

Tuesday, April 13, 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM Crown Plaza Hotel, 10 Lincoln SquareWorcester, MARSVP requested As drug and alcohol addiction continues to be a leading cause of health problems and accidental death, the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) will …

Menthol Cigarettes Scrutinized by FDA

A discussion on the future of menthol cigarettes will begin at the first meeting of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, the New York Times reported March 29. Congress gave new tobacco regulation powers …

Health Risk Factors Cut 4-5 Years from Life Expectancy

Men who smoke, are overweight, and have high blood pressure and blood sugar can expect to live an average of 4.9 years less than the average American, while women with these often-preventable health problems are likely to live 4.1 years …

Need for Revenue Drives State Tobacco Tax Increases

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia raised their tobacco taxes last year and Utah and New Mexico have done the same in 2010, USA Today reported March 25. Six other states also are considering tobacco-tax hikes as states seek …

One-Quarter of 12- to 20-Year-Olds are Current Drinkers: Report

Federal data show that 27.6 percent of 12- to 20-year-olds in the U.S. drank alcohol during the past month, with underage drinking especially prevalent in New England and the upper Midwest, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services …

Marijuana Legalization Question Will Appear on Calif. Ballot

California’s Secretary of State has certified a ballot question that could lead to the state legalizing possession of marijuana, and the campaign to get the measure approved will focus partly on its fiscal impact on the cash-strapped state, the New …

Study Cites Maternal Influences on Youth Drinking

Mothers who enforce discipline over their young teens can prevent their kids from drinking, according to a new Australian study. Reuters reported March 19 that study author Rosa Alati of the University of Queensland and colleagues looked at the degree …

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 …

Crime, Violence Hits Medical Marijuana Users, Growers

Medical-marijuana providers and users have faced robbery and shootings in states where the drug is legal for medical use, but while the problem is widely acknowledged there is no consensus over a remedy. The Associated Press reported March 19 that …