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Entries for September 2011

AMC Theaters, one of the nation’s largest movie chains, is considering adding restaurants that serve alcohol in its New York movie houses.


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Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he will propose a ban on chewing tobacco on the field in the new players’ contract. His pledge is part of a push by Major League Baseball to rid the sport of a habit that has long been part of the game’s culture.


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More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.


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Baylor Health Care System in Dallas announced this week it will no longer hire people who use nicotine, starting in 2012. Current employees who smoke will not be fired, but they will have to pay an extra surcharge for health insurance.


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Living alone substantially increases a person’s risk of dying from alcohol-related causes, a new study from Finland has found.


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Tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds refused a request this week from the Colorado Board of Health to stop using the state as a test market for new dissolvable tobacco products.


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Massachusetts legislators are considering abolishing mandatory minimum sentences for some non-violent drug offenders, the Associated Press reports. The move would be part of a plan to reduce overcrowding in prisons and relieve budget pressures.


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A coalition of health-care related organizations and companies issued a challenge this week for employers worldwide to ban smoking. The Global Smoke-Free Worksite Challenge was announced at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.


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Tobacco manufacturers this week asked a federal judge to impose a temporary injunction to block the Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that cigarette packs carry graphic images of the consequences of smoking, including diseased lungs and rotting teeth.


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Teenagers are more likely to start drinking alcohol when they have large networks of friends, a new study suggests.


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