New Zealanders to pay $20 for cigarette pack under tax plan
May 26, 2016
Smokers in New Zealand will pay $20 for a pack of cigarettes under the government's budget plan released Thursday. Polluting industries will also get hit with higher taxes.
Prohibition 2016: Assessing the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act
May 25, 2016
Passed in 2016 in the United Kingdom and due to come into force on 26 May, the Psychoactive Substances Act bans all new psychoactive substances (NPS) except those specifically exempted, such as alcohol and tobacco. The Act ...
As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline
May 24, 2016
A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more ...
Study explains link between heavy alcohol use and suicides during economic downturns
May 18, 2016
While economic downturns have been linked previously to increased suicide risk in the United States, new research from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs sheds light on the role alcohol use may play in the complex relationship ...
Study finds marriage protects against risk for developing alcohol use disorders
May 17, 2016
Marriage is causally related to a significant reduction in risk for development of alcohol use disorders, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden.
Capitalizing on a teachable moment motivates parents of kids with asthma to quit smoking
May 17, 2016
Parents who smoke are more likely to quit smoking after receiving motivational smoking cessation counseling following a "teachable moment" (TM) such as witnessing their child experience an asthma attack.
Brain images reveal first physical evidence that AA prayers reduce cravings
May 12, 2016
Long-term members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) report little or no craving for alcohol, but why this happens remains poorly understood.
Young adults in Britain more likely to drink heavily if they smoke or have a higher education background
May 10, 2016
Young adults in Britain are more likely to drink heavily if they smoke or have attended higher education (college and university), new research has found.
Young people turning away from pot
May 10, 2016
Significant decreases in cannabis use by young Australians have been tempered by a warning about challenges to physical and psychological health.
Once unthinkable in US, drug shoot-up rooms get serious look (Update)
May 08, 2016
Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints—because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.