Prescription Drugs are NOT always SAFE in your cabinet.
New gateways to addiction
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Astrid Meijer, a paid campaigner against nicotine addiction, faces some stiff competition in the battle for the hearts, minds and lungs of today’s teenager.
It comes in the form of products and marketing that package nicotine in candies, gum, and packets — a far cry from some of the harsh tobacco products that introduced the drug to earlier generations.
HEALTH's New Cessation Campaign
In honor of the New Year, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is encouraging smokers to quit in 2013 with the launch of its new smoking cessation campaign, "Tobacco Made Me."
A Growing Trend: PHA's Go Smoke Free
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) recently recognized 18 of the state's 25 public housing authorities for implementing smoking bans in their units — an important step in combating potential exposures to second-hand smoke that were highlighted in a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Flavored Ban Takes Effect in Providence
A Providence ordinance banning the sale of certain flavored tobacco products were enacted earlier this month in an effort to prevent youth from smoking. The new law also prohibits retailers from accepting tobacco coupons and offering discounts on multipack tobacco products. Violators of the new law will be subject to fines.
Tobacco companies filed a lawsuit against the city in February of 2012, claiming it violated the First Amendment of free speech. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary Lisi ruled in favor of Providence, claiming the ban did not prohibit tobacco companies from marketing tobacco products and therefore did not violate the first amendment. This ruling by the federal district court allows Providence to enforce the ordinances
Policies Banning Tobacco Product Displays
May Deter Youth Tobacco Purchases
Policies that ban tobacco product displays at the point of sale may help reduce youth smoking by deterring youth from purchasing tobacco products at retail stores, according to a new study by RTI International and Tarheel Technologies.
The study, which will be published in the January 2013 issue of Pediatrics, looked at the behaviors of more than 1,200 smokers and likely smokers aged 13 to 17 in a virtual convenience store in which tobacco products were either openly visible or hidden behind a cabinet. Tobacco ads were also either present or absent in the store.