An estimated 8.6 million Americans suffer from a serious smoking-related illness. These health consequences are expensive, too, especially for public insurance programs, and new research shows that the health care costs of smoking are higher than previously estimated.
A group of global tobacco health and policy researchers is calling for the sale of tobacco products to be phased out by 2040. The group writes that, with the backing of the United Nations and international governments, tobacco use can be reduced to less than five percent in just 25 years.
“Kids are Dying,” a documentary-style film, provides an up close look at the growing heroin epidemic in New Jersey. The film tackles this timely and relevant issue in the wake of many states, including New Jersey, declaring a state of emergency in response to the widespread increase in opioid addiction and overdose.
Are you planning to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras next year? If so, be prepared to see signs that say “No Smoking” in bars and casinos. The New Orleans City Council recently approved an ordinance for a total smoke-free ban, which will prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of workplaces, restaurants and bars.
It’s that time of the year again when many resolve to quit smoking. A growing number of smoking cessation apps for smart phones are out on the market. But are there any good ones?
A small handful of colleges and universities have taken steps in recent years to proactively address the issue of binge drinking on their campus. As of last Thursday, Dartmouth College joined other schools on a short list of academic institutions that no longer allow hard alcohol on campus, even for undergraduates above the legal drinking age of 21.
In November 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new policy that will require food establishments with over 20 locations to start posting the amount of calories in the food they sell. Although this is just one of many recent efforts made in the fight against the obesity epidemic, this policy takes a broader approach to the problem - requiring that the total calories in purchasable alcoholic beverages also be posted on menus for consumers.
The past year has paved the way for governors throughout the northeast to step up and address the growing problems related to the availability of substance abuse treatment for their constituents. CASAColumbia applauds the serious attention devoted by these and other state officials for acknowledging our serious addiction problem and highlighting harm reduction and treatment, rather than incarceration, as the solution.
The month of December is often packed with parties coupled with bad winter weather, which can be a fatal combination for those who decide to get behind the wheel and head home high or intoxicated. It also happens to be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the risks of impaired driving and what can be done to prevent it.
In honor of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, The Buzz invited David Friedman, Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to write a guest blog for us.
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