Tag Archives: Secondhand Smoke

Marijuana Use Pervasive Among Potential NFL Draftees

A history of marijuana use still counts as an unsavory mark on football players coming out of college and entering the National Football League (NFL) draft, but NFL personnel officials say that use of the drug has become so widespread …

Teens Expect Drinking and Driving on Prom Night, Survey Says

A survey of 11th- and 12th-grade students finds that 90 percent believe that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night, but few think that the behavior carries a high degree of risk, USA Today reported …

Bad Kitty? ’Hello Kitty’ Debuts Wine Line in U.S.

The popular Japanese children’s character Hello Kitty is now appearing on a line of branded wines, LA Weekly reported March 25. Marketed in the U.S. by Innovation Spirits, the wines include bottles adorned with Hello Kitty images, hearts, and neck …

Illinois Senate Votes to Tag Tobacco Wraps as Drug Paraphernalia

The Illinois Senate has voted 45-0 to include sheets or tubes of cigarette wraps — sometimes called “blunt wraps” — in the definition of drug paraphernalia, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported March 15. Possession of tobacco wraps would be considered …

Binge Drinking Confounds Any Health Benefits of Drinking, Study Says

Alcohol consumption may improve coronary health, some studies say, but new research suggests that even the occasional binge-drinking episode can foil any such health benefits, Reuters reported Feb. 18. A review of 14 previously published studies finds that occasional binge …

Marijuana School Attracts Thousands of Students

California-based Oaksterdam University’s classes on growing and marketing marijuana have attracted nearly 7,000 students and have a waiting list with hundreds of more potential enrollees, USA Today reported Feb. 9. Launched in Oakland in 2007, the school now has satellite …

Study Casts Doubt on Using Marijuana to Treat Alzheimer’s

A new animal study suggests that marijuana may not be useful in improving memory among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or affecting progression of the disease, the Vancouver Sun reported Feb. 9. Mice genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s were given a synthetic …

Alcohol-Exposed Infants React Less to Pain

Babies who were prenatally exposed to alcohol seem to be less responsive to pain stimuli, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia. HealthDay News reported Jan. 27 that researcher Tim F. Oberlander and colleagues studied 28 newborns and …

More Americans Drinking at Home, Industry Group Says

Liquor sales are holding steady despite the recession, but industry data indicates that more Americans are drinking at home rather than going out to bars and restaurants, the Phoenix Business Journal reported Feb. 2. Liquor sales were up 1.4 percent …

Long-Term Nicotine Patch Use Improves Quit Rate, But Effects Don’t Last

Smokers who wore nicotine patches for six months were twice as likely to quit as those who unknowingly received placebos after wearing real patches for two months, according to a new study. However, smoking rates were the same among both …