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Entries for September 2011

Machines that allow people to roll their own cigarettes are gaining in popularity as a less expensive alternative to buying cigarette packs, because they can avoid paying tax.


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Results from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released today, have found marijuana use is on the rise, while methamphetamine use is on the decline.


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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Wednesday announced it is temporarily banning three synthetic stimulants that are sold as “bath salts.” The DEA said the action is necessary to protect the public from the imminent hazard posed by these dangerous chemicals.


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Cutting down on drinking alcohol and smoking, in addition to improving diets and increasing physical activity, could help prevent up to 2.8 million cases of cancer worldwide each year, according to the World Cancer Research Fund.


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A lawsuit filed this week challenges Florida’s new law that requires welfare recipients to pass a drug test.


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A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows fewer adults are smoking cigarettes in the United States. An estimated 19.3 percent of adults smoked in 2010, down from 20.9 percent in 2005, according to the CDC.


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Drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking, combined with other lifestyle changes, can dramatically reduce the risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests. Other healthy behaviors that reduce diabetes risk include exercising more, eating high-fiber, low-fat foods, and not becoming obese.


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A new study helps explain how alcohol affects self control. The study shows alcohol dulls the brain signal that warns people they are making a mistake. While drinkers are aware of their error, the alcohol causes them to care less about it.


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A California bill would require anyone buying alcohol to pay a cashier, instead of going through a self-checkout aisle. The bill’s supporters say it would prevent minors from buying alcohol.


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Do you often wonder how to start a dialogue with your kids about not using drugs or alcohol? Do you worry that your teen will ask you if you ever used drugs? And just what is the right age to …
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