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NYS Lawmakers Roll Out Measure To Tax, Legalize Marijuana (12.12.13)

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New York State Senator Liz Krueger on Wednesday will join fellow elected officials and leading advocates on drug policy and criminal justice reform to announce her introduction of the New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) at a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall.

DETAIL STORY: New York Times



Amsterdam Has a Deal for Alcoholics: Work Paid in Beer (12.9.13)

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No, you didn't read that headline incorrectly. A mostly government-funded program in Amsterdam pays alcoholics who clean street litter with beer.

It's all part of the Rainbow Foundation, a program started last year to help give alcoholics, homeless and drug addicts a fresh start.

DETAIL STORY: New York Times



NYC Council debates ban on electronic cigarettes in public spaces (12.6.13)

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Public health officials and electronic cigarette supporters vigorously debated whether New York City should add nicotine inhalers to the Indoor Clean Air Act — now 12 years old — which bans smoking in public spaces, during a public hearing at City Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday.




A New Nightlife Sensation Among Parents...and Their Children? (12.5.13)

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The nightclub industry essentially sells air and booze. Spaces have "normal" operating hours that begin around 10PM and, depending on local law, end in the wee hours of the following day. Spaces sit dormant for more hours than they are operating in most cases which is why the restaurant/club hybrid is so attractive....

DETAIL STORY: Nightclub.com



Obamacare happy hour? (12.5.13)

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Obama told the crowd at Wednesday’s White House Youth Summit to push Obamacare on their friends, and he had some suggestions as to what method to use, including, “If you are a bartender, have a happy hour. And also probably get health insurance because a lot of people don't have it.”

DETAIL STORY: Los Angeles Times



Twitter Improves Age-Screening For Following Alcohol Brands (12.3.13)

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Twitter today announced it has simplified the experience of following alcohol brands on its service, across Web, Android, and iOS apps. The improvement integrates a new age-screening experience on the social network, letting alcohol brands safely grow their of-age network of followers.


DETAIL STORY: Media Bistro


Rowdy Bar Hikes Drinking Age to 25 to Pacify Neighbors (11.22.13)

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A Columbia Street bar is hiking the weekend drinking age to 25 after patrons' early morning drunken antics sparked outrage from frustrated neighbors.

DETAIL STORY: DNA Info - Brooklyn



Research Group study shows city students overexposed to tobacco advertisements (11.22.13)

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A new report says that many city students are being overexposed to tobacco advertisements near their schools.

The New York Public Interest Research Group commissioned the study, called "Overexposed," with high school and college students helping out by checking stores in their Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens communities.

Businesses included in the study were bodegas, pharmacies, gas station and smoke shops, and they were mapped out to show that nearly all are within walking distance to schools.

Kids ask for light in best anti-smoking ad (11.21.13)

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This is one of the best and most effective anti-smoking commercial presented in recent years. Produced by Ogilvy Asia in Thailand, proves to be more effective than the “shock and gross-out” method in the United States and Canada, where there are new graphic warnings on cigarette boxes and videos featuring ex-smokers with serious health problems?

Smoking legislation in NYC raises concerns for young smokers (11.21.13)

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Recent legislation in New York City raised the age at which tobacco can be purchased from 18 to 21. All types of tobacco are included in the bill, including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes. A second bill was passed to prohibit discounts on tobacco products and increase penalties for vendors who break the rules.

READ MORE: Vidette Online



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