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Entries for July 2012

Children ages 10 to 14 who view many movies with characters who smoke are more likely to try cigarettes themselves, a new study suggests.


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The number of states enacting or considering laws that bar welfare recipients from using their benefits on liquor or cigarettes is growing, USA Today reports. Many of the measures also bar spending on gambling, guns or strip clubs.


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The maker of OxyContin has announced it will study the safety of the painkiller in children, according to The Wall Street Journal.


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Methadone causes 30 percent of prescription painkiller overdose deaths, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some doctors are now prescribing methadone to treat chronic problems such as back pain, which is making the drug more widely available.


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Teenagers are more likely to start smoking cigarettes or marijuana in June or July than in any other month, according to a new government study.


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