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Funding for tobacco prevention programs has dried up and — perhaps not coincidentally — progress against smoking in the U.S. has stalled, Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., and Kenneth E. Warner, Ph.D. wrote in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial that called for renewed attention to countermarketing efforts and other interventions.

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Children of parents who smoke are more likely to have a higher body-mass index and greater prevalence of behavioral problems, according to a pair of

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Missouri has become the fifth U.S. state to ban K2, an herbal blend that mimics the effects of marijuana when smoked … Price controls on potent alcoholic drinks have helped cut binge drinking, a Canadian province reports … Healthcare providers need to pay more attention to smoking among gay and lesbian populations, says the American Lung Association … The long-running legal battle over funding of an Ohio tobacco prevention foundation has reached the state Supreme Court …

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A blend of herbs sold under the brand name K2 and thought to produce psychoactive effects similar to marijuana has been banned in Missouri, St.

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People in recovery need to deal with their stress to avoid relapse, a new study says … Most evangelical leaders don’t drink, and those who do say they imbibe in moderation … Colorado Springs, Colo., has collected more than $123,000 in taxes on medical marijuana in 2010 … Pregnant women who smoke experience more pelvic pain, researchers say …

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Live by the sword, die by the sword: Afghanistan, long the world’s leading exporter of opium poppy, is facing a growing domestic heroin addiction problem … The U.S. Navy has torpedoed smoking on submarines … A drink claiming to speed up alcohol metabolism is bogus, critics say … The tobacco tax in New York City may soon rise to $5.85 per pack

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A new drink debuting in France claims to reduce drunkenness and lessen hangovers but has health experts wary, Fox News reported June 16.  The drink,

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Golden age vs. the Age of Aquarius: Baby Boomers are increasingly showing up in addiction treatment programs … Costco is funding a campaign to rewrite the liquor-control laws in the state of WashingtonNew FDA rules going into effect this week ban “light” and “mild” branding, impose new warning-label requirements … Wink, wink, nudge, nudge: Philip Morris tells customers that Marlboro Gold is the same as Marlboro Lights; FDA not amused

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Right after the skeletal Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne is the most frequent subject of the question: “How is he still alive?”

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Spurred by a pair of medical-marijuana regulation bills freshly signed into law by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, advocates in Colorado are eyeing a legalization push

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