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Bloomberg Pushing E-Cigarette Ban (8/16/13)

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Tobacco cigarettes are banned from most buildings in New York City, and now it appears the Bloomberg administration has its sights set on electronic cigarettes.

Three leaked proposed City Council bills would stop most flavored e-cigarettes from being sold at convenience stores.

The legislation cites a new study that shows the number of high school students who tried e-cigarettes last year increased by 40 percent.

Bill would require house party planners to notify police (8/12/13)

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Brooklyn City Council member, Jumaane Williams, has proposed legislation that requires anyone attempting to throw a party with more than 40 people to notify the police and their community board a minimum of 30 days in advance.

He also wants to enforce a fine on “house clubs,” in which people promote their parties on social media as well as charge at the door and for drinks.

Apparently, these proposals are in response to the recent Brooklyn shootout in which a man was denied entry to a party and opened fire, killing at least 8 people.

Access to Foundation Directory Now Available

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The NYC Prevention Resource Center is pleased to announce that we are providing access to the Foundation Center –Directory Online (FDO) to local community groups and members---free-of-charge.

Pro-marijuana ads pulled from NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 (7/30/13)

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Brickyard 400 race fans probably missed the public-service message that marijuana should be considered safer than alcohol.

A 30-second Marijuana Project Policy video that referred to pot as "the new beer" appeared for several hours Friday before it was pulled from a portable screen across from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Gov. Cuomo to close loopholes in drunken-driving Leandra's Law (7/29/13)

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Friday that aims to close a loophole in the state’s system for punishing those who drive drunk with a child in the car.

The new law makes changes to Leandra’s Law, which was signed into law in 2009 and made it a felony to drive drunk with a child in the vehicle.

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Doctor from Staten Island wrote $2 million in bogus prescriptions (7/26/13)

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Somehow sanctions didn't stop Dr. Zhanna Kanevsky from playing a key role in a $3.4 million prescription drug ring based in Brooklyn, said prosecutors.

Between January of last year and May of this year, Dr. Kanevsky, 52, wrote scripts valued at 2 million dollars. Also charged in the case were Grasmere resident Rostislav (Steve) Vilshteyn, 34, of Pamela Lane; Alla Kuratova, 49, of Brooklyn, and Emil Shumunov, 43, of South Amboy, N.J. The culprits recruited the bogus patients, said authorities.

Cigarette firms open fire on Bloomberg (7/26/13)

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Tobacco companies are pushing back against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to restrict cigarette sales in New York City.

Through Facebook and the TransformTobacco.com website, a group sponsored by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is urging New Yorkers to tell City Council members "we need leaders, not nannies" and that "raising taxes and implementing a ban on the display of tobacco products is a bad idea," reported The New York Daily News.

First Exclusively E-Cig Store Lands in L.E.S. (7/23/13)

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Electronic cigarettes are everywhere these days. It seems like at least one person in every bar utilize it; bodega windows and payphone furniture across the city advertise them. Dedicated stores are also popping up including a location in Lower East Side, which previously housed the Ale et Ange boutique.

Vape NY, as it’s called, just planted its flag at 40 Rivington, and will be opening later this week. The outpost offers their own branded electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and accessories.

NY's Clean Indoor Air Act: 10 Years of Smoke-free Air (7/23/13)

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Smoky restaurants and offices and even smoke-filled bars, buses and trains are mostly a historical image in New York as the state marks the 10th anniversary of its landmark indoor smoking ban, which advocates say saved thousands of lives while most of its opponents' worst fears blew away.

Few measures in Albany changed life in New York more.

The law relegated most smokers outdoors while relieving nonsmokers from facing secondhand smoke every day at work.

Survey: Most parents say legal age for marijuana should be 21 (7/18/13)

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Even parents who support legalization of marijuana expect strict regulation of its availability to kids and teens, says a survey out today from a group that studies teen drug abuse.

The nationally representative online survey conducted by the Partnership at Drugfree.org, a New York City-based non-profit organization formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. It reached 1,603 adults, 1,200 of whom are parents of kids ages 10-19.

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