Tag Archives: Trends

Traumatic Flashbacks More Likely Among Moderate Drinkers

Moderate alcohol consumption prior to a traumatic event like a car crash or sexual assault has been linked to higher rates of flashbacks among victims. Researchers from University College London also found, however, that no increase in flashbacks was reported …

Lawsuit Filed Over L.A. Medical Marijuana Ordinance

A new law regulating medical-marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles is being challenged by activists who say the rules are too onerous, Reuters reported March 3. The law is slated to go into effect on March 14, but medical-marijuana activists are …

Marlboro Snus to Be Marketed Nationally

Marlboro Snus, a version of smokeless tobacco developed by Philip Morris USA parent Altria Group, Inc., will soon be sold nationally, the Associated Press reported Feb. 18. Altria has been test marketing the Marlboro-branded tobacco pouches — designed to be …

New Survey Again Raises Alarm About Teen Drug Use, Attitudes

A new report finds that more kids say they are using alcohol and other drugs, but many parents are unable or unwilling to deal with the issue — a bad combination when declining support for prevention and cultural apathy about …

Guilt-Based Anti-Alcohol Ads Can Backfire, Study Finds

Using shame or guilt to try to prevent overconsumption of alcohol can actually cause people to drink more, researchers say. Researcher Adam Duhachek of the Indiana Kelley School of Business and colleagues said that ads that link alcohol abuse to …

Fla. Judge Cuts Jury Award to Former Smoker

Philip Morris will have to pay $38.9 million to a former smoker with emphysema instead of the $300 million ordered by a jury, a Florida judge has ruled. The Associated Press reported Feb. 25 that Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld said …

Ky. Company Gives $500,000 to Support Treatment, Drug Courts

Addicted individuals in Kentucky coal country will be able to get treatment vouchers and a shot at treatment rather than prison thanks to a donation from a local coal company. The Associated Press reported Feb. 3 that Kentucky River Properties …

Age 19 Drinking Bill Killed in South Dakota Legislature

The South Dakota House Commerce Committee rejected a bill that would have lowered the state’s legal drinking age from 21 to 19, the Associated Press reported Feb. 22. The measure went down to defeat on a 10-3 vote. Bill sponsor …

Tobacco Companies Change Cigarette Packaging — Barely — to Comply with Law

The packaging is almost exactly the same, but Philip Morris’ Marlboro Lights brand is no more: with terms like “light” and “mild” now banned by law from tobacco marketing, the cigarettes are now being called “Marlboro Gold.” The New York …

Binge Drinking Confounds Any Health Benefits of Drinking, Study Says

Alcohol consumption may improve coronary health, some studies say, but new research suggests that even the occasional binge-drinking episode can foil any such health benefits, Reuters reported Feb. 18. A review of 14 previously published studies finds that occasional binge …