Tag Archives: Underage

State Governments Neglect Beer Taxes

San Francisco, CA — With colored-coded maps published online, Marin Institute illustrates how inflation has decreased the value of low beer taxes, while state budget shortfalls have exploded. “Amazingly, six states have not raised beer taxes in more than fifty …

Alcohol Use Related to Poor Food Choices

Gorging on greasy bar snacks often accompanies a night of drinking, and a new federal study shows that the more people drink, the worse their food choices, UPI reported March 25. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) …

Canadian Group Says Drug Enforcement Increases Violent Crime

A new report from the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS suggests that  law-enforcement crackdowns on drug gangs could backfire by creating instability that leads to violence, the National Post reported March 23. Report authors drew their conclusions from …

Health Benefits from Smoking Bans Greater for Older Nonsmokers

Past research has shown a reduction in heart attacks after communities ban indoor smoking, and a new study finds that limiting exposure to indoor tobacco smoke may be especially beneficial for men and women ages 55-74. Science Daily reported March …

Michigan Medical Marijuana User Fired by Wal-Mart

A Wal-Mart employee injured on the job was fired after testing positive for marijuana use, even though he was legally allowed to use the drug medically in Michigan. MSNBC reported March 17 that Joseph Casais, 29, used marijuana to ease …

Camel Ads Affect Teen Girls’ Cigarette Preferences: Study

A new study finds that a marketing campaign for Camel No. 9 cigarettes has a major impact on the brand preference expressed by girls ages 12-16, USA Today reported March 15. Researchers found that twice as many girls (22 percent) …

Australian State Considers Lowering BAC to .02 Percent

Drivers in Norway and Sweden caught behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) higher than .02 percent can face drunk-driving charges, and now the Australian state of Queensland is considering a similar standard, the Sunday Mail reported March 14. …

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 …

In Some, Genes Elevate Cancer Risk Even with Modest Exposure to Cigarette Smoke

Individuals with a certain genetic predisposition to lung cancer should avoid cigarette smoke altogether or risk developing the disease, researchers say. A new study from the University of Cincinnati (UC) found that smokers with a specific genetic vulnerability had an …

Drug Czar Warns on Drugged Driving

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske told an international conference that driving under the influence of prescription and illicit drugs is a growing problem, the New York Daily News reported March 10. Appearing at a …