Tag Archives: Taxation

Online Absolut Ads Stress Moderation

The makers of Absolut vodka are rolling out an online ad campaign that stresses moderate use of alcohol, the New York Times reported March 9. The ’Recognize the Moment’ campaign urges drinkers to “enjoy with Absolut responsibility,” and includes a …

High-Alcohol Beer Bill Approved by Alabama House

Beer with an alcohol content of up to 13.9 percent by volume would be legal for sale in Alabama under a measure approved by the state House of Representatives, the Associated Press reported March 4. The measure was approved on …

Among Trillions in Federal Spending, Billions for Addiction Programs

President Barack Obama this week proposed a $3.6-trillion federal budget for fiscal year 2010, an announcement that overshadowed House approval of a more immediately significant omnibus appropriations bill for FY2009 that included major funding for addiction-related programs.The $410-billion appropriations bill, approved …

Mass. Towns Seek Controls Over Public Marijuana Use

Towns and cities in Massachusetts have had to accept a state law that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, but many local communities are seeking legislation to prevent users from smoking pot in public, the Christian Science Monitor reported …

States Loosening Alcohol Laws to Raise Revenues

States across the U.S. are considering proposals to ease restrictions on alcohol sales in hopes of boosting tax revenues in a challenging fiscal environment, the Associated Press reported Feb. 16. In Utah, for example, lawmakers are considering ending a 40-year-old …

Study: Painkiller Misuse Up Among Young Adults

A study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that prescription painkiller misuse among young adults has increased even as non-medical use by teenagers decreased between 2002 and 2007, HealthDay News reported Feb. 9. The study, Trends …

New FDA Rules Could Cut Narcotics Prescriptions

New restrictions will be placed on prescription of two dozen powerful Schedule II narcotic drugs including OxyContin, methadone and morphine, the New York Times reported Feb. 10. The new rules could lead to many doctors losing their prescribing rights of …

Federal Cigarette Tax Hike Could Affect State Plans

A new federal cigarette tax increase is complicating efforts by states to use tobacco taxes to plug holes in budgets and fund programs, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 8. At least 16 states are considering cigarette tax increases to …

Gene that Plays Role in Drinking Intensity Identified

A new study from researchers at the University of Virginia Health System suggests that a serotonin transporter gene — SLC6A4 — significantly influences the level of drinking intensity among heavy drinkers. The researchers studied the associations between six DNA sequence …

Study Says Methamphetamines Cost the U.S. $23.4 Billion in 2005

A report released by the RAND Corporation concluded that the cost of methamphetamine use in the U.S. reached $23.4 billion in 2005, Reuters reported Feb. 4. The analysis considered lost lives and productivity, drug-treatment and law-enforcement expenses, and other factors to …