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Tobacco Firms Begin Paying for FDA Regulation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to collect $23 million in fees from the tobacco industry this year to pay for regulation of the industry, as authorized by Congress and signed into law in June. The Associated Press …

Immune Response Hindered by Binge Drinking

Add avoiding binge drinking to the list of things you can do to prevent catching the swine flu or other infectious diseases: new research shows that excessive drinking can suppress your immune system for up to 24 hours. The BBC reported …

Public Money Coming Slower, and in Smaller Amounts

Nonprofits are experiencing delays in public funding as a number of states struggle to approve budget plans in the face of massive revenue shortfalls, the Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 31. States currently owe nonprofits $15 billion in back payments, …

Broader Marketing of Marlboro Snus Planned

Test-marketing of Marlboro Snus will give way to broader sales of the product, a form of smokeless tobacco that manufacturer Philip Morris USA is pitching as an alternative to cigarette use. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sept. 10 that expansion beyond …

Alcohol Disrupts Body Clock, Sleep, Study Demonstrates

Alcohol use can disrupt the body’s natural clock and sleeping patterns for days after consumption ends, according to a new animal study. Science Daily reported Sept. 1 that a study of hamsters given doses of alcohol found that drinking affects …

Male Sexual Problems Caused by Marijuana Use, Study Says

Men who smoke marijuana may have more problems achieving orgasm during sex than abstainers, according to a new Australian study. New Scientist reported Aug. 24 that researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne found that men and women who smoked …

Russian Leader Set to Tackle Nation’s Drinking Problem

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, who calls alcoholism a “national calamity,” plans to work with the nation’s parliament this fall to tackle the country’s drinking problem by proposing an increase in taxes, stricter labeling laws, and restrictions on where alcohol can …

Lawmaker Wants Kids Banned from Wisconsin Bars

Children have long been able to drink in bars in Wisconsin if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian over age 21, but lawmakers are now looking to curtail the practice, the Chicago Tribune reported Aug. 26. Citing Wisconsin’s …

One in Five Teens Share Their Prescription Drugs with Friends

A survey of 12- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. has found that about 20 percent said they have given their prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Darvocet to friends or obtained drugs the same way, Reuters reported Aug. 18. Allergy drugs, …

New Guide to SAMHSA Block Grant and Formula Funding

Ever wonder how the federal government decides the amount of money to give states and other recipients of addiction treatment and prevention funding? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains all in its new publication, Block Grants …