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Entries for February 2013

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who fought the tobacco industry, died at the age of 96. He issued the first government warning about secondhand tobacco smoke, Bloomberg reports.


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A new study links the number of sex partners young adults have with their subsequent risk of developing alcohol or marijuana dependence disorders. The study found young women who had more than two or three sex partners when they were 18 to 20 years old were nearly 10 times more likely than those with one or no sexual partner to develop a substance dependence problem at age 21.


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The Chinese movement exercise known as qigong may help control cocaine craving early in recovery, a new study suggests.


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A new study finds 8 percent of men and 3 percent of women are heavy drinkers, according to government guidelines. On any given day, 18 percent of men and 11 percent of women drink more alcohol than advised by federal dietary guidelines, Reuters reports.


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Entrepreneurs in the medical marijuana industry can be hit with a federal income tax rate as high as 75 percent, CNN reports. The high tax rate is due to a 1982 tax code provision aimed at drug runners.


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The Food and Drug Administration informed the maker of the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone that it has approved two generic versions of the drug, according to Reuters. The company, Reckitt Benckiser, had asked the agency to block the generic products because of concerns over pediatric poisonings.


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The new head of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products is a longtime critic of the tobacco industry, The Wall Street Journal reports. Mitch Zeller’s appointment may signal stricter oversight of cigarette manufacturers, according to the newspaper.


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CADCA's Mary Elizabeth Elliott gives her perspective on their recent National Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., where 2,600 community and state leaders formed new partnerships and learned current strategies in the art and science of effective coalition building.


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Middle school students are less likely to think using drugs is bad if their parents told them about their own past substance use, a new study finds.


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Older smokers who quit can see health benefits within five years, according to a new study. The study of 8,807 people ages 50 to 74 found a person can reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke by more than 40 percent within the first five years after they stop smoking.


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