Tag Archives: Public Policy

Nicorette Ads Offer Sympathy to Quitters

A new ad campaign for Nicorette gum features the tagline, “Quitting Sucks. Nicorette Makes It Suck Less,” Forbes reported Dec. 7. The ads from pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will appear on prime-time network TV as well as magazines like ESPN, Time …

Cigarette Cravings Impair Concentration

Cigarette cravings increase the likelihood that a person will lose their train of thought while performing a cognitive task, UPI reported Dec. 15. Craving interrupts meta-awareness, which is the ability to assess one’s own thoughts, according to researchers from the …

Mental Health of Military Kids Impacted by Parents’ Deployment

Children with parents in the military are more likely to experience anxiety than their peers, the New York Times reported Dec. 7. The more time a parent has spent deployed in the past three years, the likelier their children are …

Death Warnings May Actually Encourage Smokers

Warning smokers that cigarettes can kill them could backfire as a prevention strategy, according to researchers who said that other types of warning messages could be more effective for somesmokers. Reuters reported Dec. 9 that researchers said that individuals who …

More Drones to Combat Drug Smuggling

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is increasing its use of unmanned aerial drones to help track drug smugglers along the Mexican and Canadian borders, as well as in the Caribbean and other regions, the New York Times reported Dec. …

Buzzed Fruit Flies Offer Addiction Clues

Like humans, fruit flies that get intoxicated on alcohol can become addicted and keep drinking regardless of the consequences — findings that could help researchers better understand how alcoholism works, U.S. News and World Report reported Dec. 10. Researchers at …

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 …

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 …

New Smokers Often Start with Menthol Cigarettes, Study Finds

Smokers who only recently became addicted are more likely to smoke menthol cigarettes than longer-term smokers, suggesting that menthols may represent a more palatable ’starter’ cigarette for new smokers. Research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) …

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 …