Tag Archives: Secondhand Smoke

E-Cigarettes Some Help in Quitting Smoking, But Quality Problems Cited

A small study from Switzerland finds that 95 percent of smokers who used electronic cigarettes to help them quit smoking found the devices effective to some degree, but users also complained about the poor quality of the products, UPI reported …

Canadian Conservatives Seek Return of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

The Conservative Canadian government plans to restore mandatory minimum prison sentences for small-time pot growers, the Canadian Press reported May 3. A Conservative bill introduced in Parliament last year featured mandatory six-month prison terms for offenders growing as few as …

Drug Courts Cut Crime, Recidivism, Prison Costs, International Study Finds

Researchers who looked at drug courts in 12 countries issued a ringing endorsement of their effects on crime and costs to society, saying the concept of offering addiction treatment to drug offenders rather than prison has succeeded in countries from …

Rosenbloom Recognized for Contributions to Addiction Treatment and Medicine

David Rosenbloom, PhD, director of Join Together based at Boston University School of Public Health, was recently presented with one of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) highest honors, the John P. McGovern Award. Established in 1997, the John …

Smokeless Tobacco Raises Oral Cancer Risk Up to Tenfold — Not Fiftyfold

As more smokeless-tobacco products hit the market, scientists are calculating — and in some cases, revising — estimates of how dangerous these products are, both in and of themselves and in relation to smoking. The Wall Street Journal reported April …

Heavy Drinking and Cancer Linked at Cellular Level

A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research identifies structures at the cellular level that appear to explain a link between heavy alcohol use and cancer, HealthDay News reported April 21. Andrea Baccarelli, who …

Montana Lawmakers Look to Fill Blanks in Medical Marijuana Law

A Montana medical-marijuana law approved after a 2004 voter initiative has some significant holes that state lawmakers are now trying to fill in, such as how municipalities can control sales and use of the drug and whether patients must notify …

Kelly Clarkson Cancels Controversial Tobacco Sponsorship

One day after singer Kelly Clarkson indicated that her April 29 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia would continue as scheduled with a controversial cigarette company sponsorship, the concert promoter announced that the sponsorship is being pulled amid protests from fans and …

Anti-Alcohol Ads Featuring Children Withstand Parent Protests

Parent complaints that two United Kingdom television ads featuring children discussing drinking’s negative effects would upset young viewers have failed to block the ads’ airing, the Guardian reported April 21. The Advertising Standards Authority has authorized continuation of the ad …

Program that Pays Addicts for Sterilization Expands to Europe

The highly controversial Project Prevention, a North Carolina charity that gives cash payments to drug addicts who undergo sterilization or start on long-term birth control, is receiving a similar mixed reception as it expands into the United Kingdom. Time magazine …