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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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New ban on hard alcohol on Rockaway beachfront concessionaires (7/12/13)

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Beach season is finally in full swing, and nothing compliments sand and surf like a pitcher of mojitos you and your buddies snuck in in an air-tight plastic pitcher. But the boardwalk's about to get a little less boozy in the Rockaways, where a new city ordinance has banned hard liquor at beachfront concession stands; and obviously, food sellers are not happy.

'Tipsy' or 'hammered'? How men, women describe drinking (7/12/13)

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Would you describe a woman as "tipsy" but a man as "hammered"? The language you choose is likely to be affected by that person's gender as well as your own.

Alcohol Can Be Destructive To Skin (7/10/13)

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If you’re aiming for a smooth complexion and overall healthy skin, you might want to put down that glass of liquor.

A recent feature by CBS New York revealed that alcohol can lead to detrimental effects on the skin. In some cases, existing skin problems can be aggravated by taking alcohol into the bloodstream.

Painkiller Overdoses in Women (7/9/13)

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Although more men than women die of overdoses from prescription pain medications each year in the United States, women — particularly middle-aged women — are quickly catching up, according to a report published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

New Jersey School District May Implement Random Drug Testing (7/3/13)

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Parents expressed outrage Monday night after a New Jersey school district proposed random alcohol and drug testing for thousands of high school students.

A preliminary plan was outlined at a Northern Valley Regional High School Board meeting that would affect 5,000 students at the Demarest and Old Tappan high schools starting next year, NBC 4 New York reported.

FULL FEATURE ARTICLE: NBC New York

 

 

NJ Launches Summer Crackdown On Underage Drinking (7/3/13)

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Now that the New Jersey shore is open for business, police business up and down the coast can continue.

More than two dozen shore towns are taking part in an initiative called Cops in Shops. The objective is simple: stop underage drinking.

Undercover cops from various police departments along the shore -- including Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights and Belmar -- will pose as employees in liquor stores and bars to catch anyone under 21 trying to buy alcohol.

Sen. Schumer wants colleges to curb students' abuse of "study drugs" (6/18/13)

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New York State Senator wants colleges to come back from summer break with a plan on how to deal with abuse of prescription ADHD pills.

Sen. Charles Schumer, speaking from his Midtown office on Sunday, said up to 35 percent of all college kids report using stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin as a study tool.

READ COMPLETE STORY: New York 1 News

 

 

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