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Join Together News Roundup for June 10, 2010

They don?t spend much time in smoky bars, but kids are among the beneficiaries of laws banning indoor smoking ... A Washington watchdog group says two FDA tobacco advisory panel members who work for drug companies should step down ... A state court has revived a lawsuit against a San Francisco ordinance banning pharmacies from selling tobacco products ... Walgreens -- which filed the S.F. suit -- also has resumed selling alcohol in its stores after a self-imposed 15-year ban ... …

49% of Californians Support Legalization: Poll

Just under half of California residents express some level of support for a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in the state, according to a new poll. The Los Angeles Times reported May 31 that the L.A. Times/USC poll found …

ONDCP Seeks Teens to Influence ’Above the Influence’

The White House says that teens "understand and embrace" the Above the Influence (ATI) brand -- the peer-oriented ads promulgated by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. But the campaign’s supporters want to focus the ads more tightly to local needs, and is calling on communities to engage teens in the "Influence Project" to "share their insights about the positive and negative influences they see around them and their approach to ’staying above it.’" …

Hazelden Announced New Online Addiction Screening Tool

Hazelden has unveiled a new online screening tool for consumers called About My Drinking. Visitors to the website who answer 18 questions can get a personalized assessment of their current alcohol and other drug use and -- if necessary -- a referral to a Hazelden addiction counselor ... …

Tobacco Co. Employee ’Fans’ Market on Facebook

Employees of British American Tobacco (BAT) are actively promoting the company’s cigarette brands by administering Facebook groups, joining groups as fans, and posting promotional materials — all violations of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control — according …

Afghan Opium Production Down, American Forces Hopeful

A combination of poor growing conditions and government and military interdiction contributed to decreased opium production in Afghanistan this year, the New York Times reported May 22. American officials hope that a bad year, coupled with aid and incentives, could …

Mexican President Petitions U.S. to Curb Illegal Drug Use

Mexican President Felipe Calderon asked members of the U.S. Congress to ramp up action to reduce illegal drug use in the United States to help fight the war against narcotics traffickers at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Associated Press reported May …

Welcome to Our New Blog!

Join Together’s new blog provides expanded daily coverage of important news and resources for people working on alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. And we’ve made it easy to keep up to date. …

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Daniel Okrent’s new book on the history of Prohibition, "Last Call," is chockablock with fascinating anectodes and factoids about American’s dalliance as a dry nation, but also points to some useful parallels to contemporary debates on drug policy. …

Analysts Say FDA Menthol Probe Threatens Tobacco Profits

Investment advisors are worried that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of menthol cigarettes could pose a serious risk to cigarette companies that sell the flavored smokes, the Associated Press reported May 14. Fitch Ratings said companies like …