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NY State Senate Passes Bill to Ban Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salts (6/19/13)

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The state senate passed legislation Tuesday that criminalizes the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.”

Report: Racial disparities in NY marijuana arrests (6/12/13)

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Black New Yorkers are nearly 10 times as likely as white New Yorkers to be arrested for marijuana possession within the five boroughs, and some degree of racial disparity extends to the farthest corners of the state, according to a report from the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The report, which analyzed federal crime reporting data from 2010, revealed that black people are 4.5 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession statewide and at least twice as likely to be arrested in 52 out of 62 counties.

R.J. Reynolds plans big e-cigarette push (6/12/13)

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Reynolds American Inc. is launching a revamped version of its Vuse-brand electronic cigarette in Colorado, with its sights set on expanding nationally.

The move being announced last Thursday at an event in New York City is the latest in an industrywide push to diversify beyond the traditional cigarette business.

Read more: Ad Age|media news




Staten Island Prescription Drugs Abuse Forum Part 2 (6/12/13)

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On June 5th TYSA Intitative co-sponsored a forum to discuss the growing problems of prescription drugs misused in Staten Island. The forum was created out of the necessity to discuss the problems as well as create solutions to this dilemma including overdose death.

Attorney General launches investigation into Coors Light sponsorship of Puerto Rican Day Parade (6/7/13)

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MillerCoors is still in hot water over the use of the Puerto Rican flag on its Coors Light beer cans.

The company, which has been criticized for its Puerto Rican Day Parade marketing in years past, has to answer today to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over the controversy for using a graphic of the Puerto Rican flag in the shape of an apple (indicative of “the Big Apple,” where the parade will be held) on the beer cans.

More Children Poisoned By Parents' Prescription Drugs (6/7/13)

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A growing number of children and teenagers are being accidentally poisoned by opioids and medications for adult chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to a new study.

More than 70,000 children under 18 go to the emergency room because of accidental medication exposures and poisonings each year, according to researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital. They report in Pediatrics the rate of such visits rose 30 percent between 2001 and 2008. Hospitalization rates for accidental poisonings in children rose 36 percent, New York Now reports.

Inhaling alcohol vapor puts you at risk of overdose (6/6/13)

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To get drunk, people are getting creative. But a new form of drinking, known as “smoking” alcohol, has doctors concerned.

Any sort of excessive drinking is dangerous, be it via beer bongs or pouring shots into the eye socket. But now some drinkers are taking it even further and “smoking” alcohol. The questionable practice, which has potentially scary consequences, has various permutations.

Read Full Article: CBS News

Cancer Society Pushes for Flavored Tobacco Ban in New York (6/5/13)

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They come in brightly colored, shiny packages in flavors like chocolate, blueberry, and gummy bear.

But the American Cancer Society says the little cigars are aimed at kids and are just as deadly as cigarettes. The group's New York chapter announced Friday its push to make the state the first to enact a comprehensive restriction on the sale of candy- and fruit-flavored cigarillos, chewing tobacco and tobacco used in water pipes.

TYSA will host two forums on prescription drug abuse (6/3/13)

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Oxycodone abuse has become an epidemic on Staten Island. And to help stem prescription drug abuse on the Island, Tackling Youth Substance Abuse is hosting two forums on June 5th and 15th. The forums will address the problems, solutions and approaches to local residents and the communities at large. For more details on times and locations, visit the Staten Island Live (Staten Island Advance) link to find out.




Alcohol advertising influences teens to have favorable attitudes toward drinking (5/30/13)

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The U.S. Beer Institute code is a set of guidelines devised by various alcohol industries as a way for them to self-regulate their marketing and advertising practices. The effectiveness of this self-assessing procedure has been questioned in the past due to its failure to meet consumer's standards and its supposed lack of objectivity.

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