Young adults who began smoking marijuana before age 16 performed worse on cognitive tests compared to those who began smoking after age 16, says researcher Staci Ann Gruber, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, Boston. She presented her findings at a news conference Monday at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.
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The Fruita City Council rejected an ordinance that would have banned smoking in city parks, with Mayor Ken Henry casting the deciding vote for a divided council. “This thing goes too far,” Henry said in voting “no” Tuesday night. While finding “legitimate health considerations” in a ban and saying the issue likely will come before council again, Henry expressed concern that proponents didn’t show up Tuesday night. Ream more »
I was there trying the case with my partner, David Sales. Here are some of my thoughts from “inside” the trial of a tobacco case. This was a lung cancer (squamous cell) case resulting from a long history of addiction to cigarettes – RJ Reynolds cigarettes. Our deceased client, James Horner, was diagnosed with lung cancer in December of 1991; he passed away in March of 1996 at age 78.
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The political hullabaloo over Prop 19 has all but passed since voters came out against the measure that would’ve legalized the recreational use of marijuana earlier this month. Still, proponents of the proposition, along with Governor Schwarzenegger, believe that it failed because it was poorly written, not because Californians are against pot legalization. Ream more »
In the first week of June 2010, I quit smoking after 30 years of practicing the habit to perfection. I did not do so voluntarily. It scares me even now to recall how much I enjoyed the ceremony of lighting a cigarette, and the flavor as I pulled the smoke deep into my lungs, even the careful pauses that the inhalations lent to my speech. I’d been smoking since I was a teenager. I wasn’t mimicking anyone specifically as much as I was adopting a symbol of adulthood. Both my parents smoked at the time, as did most of the adults I knew. It was grown up. Ream more »
Its distaste for Barack Obama notwithstanding, Virginia’s tobacco belt is hooked on stimulus spending. However, not all cash for jump-starting the sputtering economies of Southside and Southwest Virginia comes from Washington.
Since 1999, $485 million — most of it interest on more than a $1 billion paid the state by cigarette makers to cover the cost of treating sick smokers — has been sprinkled across the two regions by a little-known Virginia agency. That is until the front page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch screamed that the agency had been ripped off $4 million by a former top money man for state government, John W. Forbes II.
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POLICE have swooped to seize black market tobacco products from a second Burton convenience store in a fortnight.
Officers discovered more than 6,000 illegal cigarettes and 7.5kg of rolling tobacco at the Polski Mini Market, in Horninglow Road.
The haul, which is to be passed on to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to carry out an investigation, was discovered two weeks to the day after a similar seizure was made less than a mile away at the Queen’s Supermarket, in Horninglow Road North. Ream more »
Smoking in pregnancy can cause harm to the child’s developing brain that puts them at greater risk of having a long-term criminal record, claim researchers.
Scientists claim that mothers who behave like January Jone’s Mad Men character Betty Draper and puff away while expecting can cause harm to a baby’s developing brain.
Those whose mothers smoked 20 cigarettes a day were more likely to become repeat offenders when they grew up. Ream more »
A recent research has revealed the not-so-generous side of chronic pot smoking. Researchers involved in the study have stated that the conclusion they reached after the study was that early pot smokers were more likely to falter in executive functions in contrast to those who do not smoke marijuana.
The results of the study have concluded that people who start smoking earlier tend to lose out on mental abilities, as teenage years happen to be crucial for mental development. Functions like planning, flexibility, and abstract thinking are affected because of smoking pot. Ream more »
Forget about the economic crisis and unemployment, Serbs have another burning issue on their hands — a smoking ban.
The law restricting smoking that took effect Thursday is rattling the tobacco-loving Balkan nation where every third citizen is a smoker and where cigarettes have been part of the daily routine for centuries.
While the law does not impose a complete smoking ban in cafes and restaurants, they must introduce nonsmoking areas and smoking is no longer allowed in offices and public areas such as theaters, cinemas or concert halls. Ream more »