Tag Archives: Trends

Illinois Senate Votes to Tag Tobacco Wraps as Drug Paraphernalia

The Illinois Senate has voted 45-0 to include sheets or tubes of cigarette wraps — sometimes called “blunt wraps” — in the definition of drug paraphernalia, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported March 15. Possession of tobacco wraps would be considered …

After 14-Year Delay, FDA Issues Regulations to Prevent Tobacco Sales to Youth

Regulations banning tobacco sales to minors, sales of cigarettes in less than 20-pack size, sample giveaways, and tobacco sponsorship of sports, music and other events have been released in final form by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Matthew …

Slate: U.S. Gov’t Poisoned Drinkers During Prohibition

Aiming to discourage illegal drinking during Prohibition, the U.S. government spiked alcohol with deadly poisons that may have killed 10,000 or more Americans, Slate reported Feb. 19. Accidental alcohol poisoning from so-called bathtub gin was relatively common during Prohibition, but …

Arterial Damage Reversed When Smokers Quit

Smokers get a variety of benefits when they quit, including improved arterial health and better levels of good cholesterol, even though they tend to gain some weight, researchers say. The Associated Press reported March 15 that a study by James …

Liver Disease Higher Among Overweight Drinkers, Study Finds

The combination of obesity and alcohol use can increase the risk of cirrhosis of the liver, according to researchers in the U.K. HealthDay News reported March 11 that a study of 1.2 million middle-aged women found that those who consumed …

N.H. Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted 214-137 in favor of decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, but the bill still faces a veto threat from Gov. John Lynch. The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune reported March 11 that the bill …

GlaxoSmithKline to Market Smoking Vaccine

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has closed a deal to license and market the NicVAx antismoking vaccine developed by Nabi Pharmaceuticals, the Associated Press reported March 9. The vaccine, which is still under development, works by creating antibodies that bind to nicotine …

Cocaine Sentencing Disparity Bill Clears Senate Committee

A bill that makes penalties for possession of crack and powdered cocaine somewhat more equitable was easily approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed for a vote in the full Senate, the New York Times reported March 11. …

Judge Rules R.J. Reynolds Misrepresented Health Risks of Eclipse Cigarettes

Tobacco firm R.J. Reynolds violated Vermont’s consumer-protection laws by claiming that its so-called ’reduced risk’ Eclipse cigarettes “could present less risk of cancer” than other cigarettes, a state judge has ruled. The Wall Street Journal reported March 11 that Vermont …

Indoor Smoking Ban Signed into Law in Kansas

 A bill banning smoking in indoor public spaces in Kansas has been signed into law by Gov. Mark Parkinson, the Associated Press reported March 12. The measure passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature. It will take effect on …