Did Your State Make the Grade?

Did Your State Make the Grade?

Tobacco kills 400,000 Americans every year. Another 16 million are living with tobacco-caused diseases. The American Lung Association has released its 16th annual State of Tobacco Control report. View the Federal Government grades here. Find out how your state is...
“Constructive Statements” to Finally Run

“Constructive Statements” to Finally Run

Over ten years ago the major tobacco companies were ordered by U.S. federal court to run “corrective statement” ads on national media on the dangers of smoking. Finally, those are due to begin November 26, 2017! These will include messages such as:...
Impact of Close Proximity to Retail Tobacco Products

Impact of Close Proximity to Retail Tobacco Products

Finish researchers have found that for every 500-meter increase in the distance from home to the nearest tobacco outlet is associated with a 16% increase in the odds of quitting smoking. This study is the first of its kind to look at the impact of residential...
UN Calls for Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products

UN Calls for Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products

On May 31, World No Tobacco Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all governments around the globe to require plain packaging of tobacco products in order to save lives. Restricting or prohibiting  the use of logos, colors and brand images save for brand and...
Another Reason Not to Smoke During Pregnancy

Another Reason Not to Smoke During Pregnancy

A prospective study in Finland from 1983 to 1998 has found maternal cotinine levels (one of many toxic substances in cigarette smoking), after adjusting for multiple confounders, conveyed a significant excess risk (2.6 to 3.4 times higher) for schizophrenia. When...
Teen Alcohol Use

Teen Alcohol Use

Adolescents aged 12-20 living in rural Pennsylvania completed alcohol use assessments. The DSM-5 criteria for alcohol use disorder were met by 1.9% of 12-14 year-olds, and 10% of those 15-20 years old. Study authors recommend physicians screen adolescents about their...
Marijuana Use in Pregnant Moms

Marijuana Use in Pregnant Moms

A small study of mothers and their newborns found one quarter of those who tested positive for marijuana use also had evidence of other illegal drugs: 11.6% were positive for opioids, 10.6% for amphetamines and 6.5% for cocaine. Data was collected from 2006 to 2010 in...

Teens Addicted to Texting

Teens in America send an average 167 text per day (up from 50-60 in 2009), making it the most common form of communication with others outside of school! Researchers found many of these texters demonstrate the same compulsive behaviors seen in gamblers, including the...
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