Tag Archives: Trends

FDA Tobacco Regulator Warns, Encourages Industry

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) won’t be shy about penalizing tobacco companies for violating new federal regulations on the industry, but the head of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products also said that the agency would be open to …

Drug May Protect Former Smokers from Cancer

Researchers are studying whether a drug used to treat three other diseases could also protect former smokers from developing lung cancer, Reuters reported May 18. Iloprost — a version of prostacyclin, which has been shown to prevent lung cancer in lab …

WHO Calls on Nations to Address Excessive Alcohol Use

Price controls and marketing regulations are among 10 policy options outlined in a resolution aimed at cutting excessive alcohol use, which was endorsed this week by the 193 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO). “The more affordable alcohol is …

Tribe Can Continue to Sell Untaxed Cigarettes, N.Y. Court Rules

Mail-order shipments of cigarettes may have been done in by a new federal law, but the New York Court of Appeals has ruled that Native American tribes can continue to sell untaxed cigarettes at convenience stores located on tribal lands. …

Join Together News Roundup for May 24, 2010

Higher prices and restrictions on advertising will help prevent excessive drinking, World Health Organization says in new policy resolution (too bad it’s non-binding) ? How do you reconcile ’drug-free schools’ with medical-marijuana laws? That’s what school districts in Colorado are trying to figure out ? …

Vodka in Skull Bottle Faces Ban

A premium vodka sold in a bottle shaped like a skull has been banned from sale in Ontario, Canada, where officials are concerned that the packaging could appeal to children, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported May 18. Crystal Head …

Join Together News Roundup for May 20, 2010

The latest research from NIAAA has implications for alcoholism treatment: scientists said that our genes play a big role not only in how we respond to drinking but how well alcoholics react to treatment medications like naltrexone ... In France, officials for the first time are confronting a problem long familiar to preventionists in the U.S. and U.K. -- youth binge drinking ... …

All Kids Should Be Screened for Alcohol, Pediatricians Say

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) has recommended that doctors screen all of their young patients for alcohol use starting in middle school, the Wausau Daily Herald reported May 15. The AAP Committee on Substance Abuse released a revised policy …

Veto Override Clears S.C. Tobacco Tax Hike

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed a bill raising the state’s tobacco tax, as expected, but the state legislature surprised some by overriding the veto and enacting the 50-cent-per-pack tax increase. South Carolina Local News reported May 15 that the …

New Study on Oral Cancer Features Tobacco Carcinogen

Lab mice developed mutations in their oral tissue and tumors after having the tobacco carcinogen dibenzo(a,l)pyrene injected in their mouths, according to a study that researchers say is an improvement upon previous research that used synthetic carcinogens. UPI reported May …