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E-cigarette use by kids doubled in 2012 (9.11.13)

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The CDC just announced that the percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

In case you're not among the six percent of adults who've tried them, e-cigarettes work by heating up and aerosolizing nicotine so that one can inhale it without smoke. They are not regulated by the FDA, and are fast becoming the new thing since the chewing tobacco.

FULL ARTICLE: New York Daily News

Fact Check: How Dangerous Is Molly, the New ‘It’ Drug? (9.11.13)

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According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA -- or 3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a chemical drug most commonly known for its use in the pressed pill Ecstasy.

Unlike Ecstasy, which has a reputation for being laced with everything from caffeine to methamphetamine, molly -- a name shortened from "molecule" -- is thought of as "pure" MDMA. Read more on why this latest finding is popular.

Bronx Lawmakers want Liquor Authority to consult cops (9.11.13)

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Lawmakers are rallying around a new state bill that could change the way liquor licenses are granted to bars and nightclubs.

The proposed law would give the New York State Liquor Authority access to information about assaults, soliciting and disorderly conduct reported at bars and nightclubs. The liquor board would be able to use the reports when deciding on liquor licensing.

FULL ARTICLE: New York Daily News

 

 

 

Hispanic Teen Drug Use Significantly Higher Than Other Ethnic Groups (9.11.13)

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According to the most recent data from the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) sponsored by MetLife Foundation, Hispanic teen drug use is at 54 percent.

Hispanic teens report the highest use of illicit drugs of any ethnicity in the U.S., with more than half of those surveyed engaging in substance abuse, compared to 45 percent of African American teens and 43 percent of non-Hispanic white teens.

Electric Zoo deaths: Festival creator Mike Bindra ran reputed drug-fueled Chelsea club Twilo (9/5/13)

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Outside the recent tragedy of the Electric Zoo music festival, here's another news report on the current festival organizer Mike Bindra, who was once the General Manager of the defunct Twilo club in Chelsea. The club was a drug haven for overdosed party-goers.

FULL ARTICLE: New York Daily News

 

 

 

Bronx judge rules that people can drink alcohol in apartment common areas (9/4/13)

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Bronx judge Shari Michel rules that people can drink alcohol in apartment common areas. The judge ruled that drinking booze in apartment building elevators, gyms, lobbies and laundry rooms does not constitute doing so in a 'public place.' The ruling came into existence from the November 2012 arrest of Steven Chavez.

READ MORE: New York Daily News

 

 

 

Menthol Cigarettes Use High Among US Young Adult Smokers (9/4/13)

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While bans on cigarette smoking are becoming commonplace, and taxes on tobacco products continue to rise. There's a new study conducted by the Journal Tobacco Control that shows young adults are embracing mentholated cigarettes more than ever.

FEATURE ARTICLE: Nature World News

 

 

 

Why do young women take up smoking? (9/4/13)

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Despite the on-going health risks, cigarette smoking is disproportionately frequent among young women. While the world-wide health communities continue to do they part to discourage women from taking up the habit, we still find that it is no longer the case.

 Read more on the latest findings: Times of Oman

Question to our readers, is discouraging glamour smoking and raising sale taxes on cigarettes help or does it lead to increase smoking?

NYC Mayor Candidates Support Stoop Drinking (8/29/13)

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During a series of rapid fire questions at the New York City mayoral debate last Wednesday evening, the candidates certainly had their differences. But when asked if they should be allowed to drink beers outside on their stoop, almost all the candidates gave a definitive "yes."

FULL ARTICLE FEATURE: New York Magazine

 

 

Brand Alcohol Names Dominate Popular Music: Study (8/29/13)

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Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examined the songs listed on Billboard Magazine’s most popular song lists from 2009-2011. Sorting them into four genres — urban, rock, pop and country — they analyzed the lyrics to more than 700 chart-topping songs.

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