Tag Archives: Taxation

Communities Profit from Nonprofit Advocacy, Study Finds

A new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) found that North Carolina residents received $89 in benefits for every $1 that foundations invested in advocacy, organizing and civic-engagement efforts by 13 local nonprofits, PNN Online reported May 8. …

New iPhone Application for Smoking Cessation

Smokers who use Apple iPhones now have an application available to help them quit smoking, the GW Hatchet reported May 11. Lorien Abroms, an assistant professor at George Washington University (GW), created “My QuitLine” - a free application for the iPhone that …

Nominee for HHS Deputy Won’t Work on Tobacco Issues

The Obama administration’s rules on lobbyists holding government jobs would prevent a former tobacco-prevention advocate from working on tobacco issues as the second-highest official in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Wall Street Journal reported May 4. …

Calderon-Backed Decriminalization Bill Passed by Mexican Senate

A drug decriminalization bill endorsed by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and approved this week by the Mexican Senate would allow individuals to possess up to 5 grams of marijuana for personal use, up to 500 mg of cocaine, and small …

Stars, Led by Financier, Support Phoenix House

Inspired by attending a previous fundraiser in New York, private-equities manager Dan Fireman has reached out to a number of prominent celebrities for support of the addiction-treatment program Phoenix House, Bloomberg reported March 30. Fireman successfully recruited friends and business associates …

Hezbollah Cooperating with Mexican Drug Cartels, Former DEA Official Says

There have been no confirmed cases of the Lebanon-based Islamist group Hezbollah moving terrorists across the Mexico border to carry out attacks in the United States, but a former DEA official says that the group is working with Mexican drug …

Research: Heavy Drinking Prime Cause of Acetaldehyde-Related Cancers

The organic chemical acetaldehyde is known to cause certain types of cancer, and while acetaldehyde is widely present in the environment, the leading cause of acetaldehyde-related cancers is heavy drinking, according to a new study. Researchers from the Center for …

CDC Report Ties State Effort to Smoking Rates

States’ efforts to fight smoking have been uneven, which may explain why smoking rates in some states have declined twice as fast as in others, HealthDay News reported March 12. A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and …

Utah Close to Fundamental Shift in Alcohol Laws

A bill to revamp Utah’s restrictive alcohol laws has passed the state House of Representatives and Senate, KCPW News reported March 12. The measure would eliminate private club membership as a prerequisite for buying a drink in a bar, as …

Officials Say Mexican Bloodshed is Sign of Cartels’ Desperation

Thousands of people have died since the Mexican government began a crackdown on drug cartels two years ago, but government officials say the violence is actually a sign of progress as trafficking gangs fight over smaller scraps of the drug …