Tag Archives: Secondhand Smoke

Peer Influence, Other Social Factors Can Affect Drinking Among Older Adults

As with underage drinking, social factors can help predict excessive drinking among older adults, according to new research from Rudolf H. Moos of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Palo Alto, Calif. Moos and colleagues studied 719 …

High-Profile NYC Clubs Could Lose Licenses Over Smoking

The New York City Health Department is taking steps to strip five of the city’s trendiest nightclubs of their food and beverage licenses after an undercover investigation found flagrant violations of New York’s indoor-smoking ban. The New York Daily News …

Vermont Legislature Holds Hearing on Lowering Drinking Age

Bills that would lower Vermont’s drinking age from 21 to 18 and call on the U.S. Congress not to penalize the state for doing so were the subject of a recent hearing in the Vermont legislature, the Associated Press reported …

Legislation Would Criminalize ’Narcocorridos’

Musicians who perform songs glorifying the actions of drug cartels could face up to three years in prison under a measure recently proposed by Mexico’s ruling National Action party, the Associated Press reported Jan. 22.The penalties proposed for producting so-called …

Safe-Injection Program Survives Another Shutdown Attempt by Canadian Government

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has rejected a lawsuit from Canada’s Conservative government that sought to shutter Vancouver’s Insight safe-injection program for IV-drug users, the Canwest News Service reported Jan. 16. Insite was established as a three-year program in …

Legalize Marijuana to Protect Our (Adult) Kids, Some Calif. Moms Say

Some “soccer moms” in California say that they would support marijuana legalization so that their adult children don’t have to run the risk of buying drugs on the street, according to recent polls. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Jan. 5 …

Blacks, Hispanics Disproportionately Face Marijuana Charges in NYC

Research shows that whites are more likely to smoke marijuana than members of minority groups, but 87 percent of those arrested in New York City on marijuana charges are black or Hispanic, the New York Times reported Dec. 23. A …

Marijuana Scene Earns ’It’s Complicated’ an ’R’ Rating

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is being chided for slapping an “R” rating on the adult comedy “It’s Complicated,” a film with little sex and violence that includes a scene where characters played by Steve Martin and Meryl …

House Bill Removes Obstacles to D.C. Needle Exchange, Medical Marijuana

A bill to ease Congressional control over governance in Washington, D.C., could mean that the city’s needle-exchange and medical-marijuana laws will come into full force and funding, the New York Times reported Dec. 11. The House “home rule” bill would …

Welsh Smoking Ban Helped Lower Heart Attack Rates

The smoking ban in Wales that took effect in April 2007 has helped decrease the number of people having heart attacks, according to a recent report by the nation’s chief medical officer, the BBC reported Dec. 9. The annual report …