March 9, 2012

Marketing Trumps Reason

1 Teens' Rate of Tobacco Use Rate Not Falling

Citing "truly shocking" statistics, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin has issued a report showing that teenage tobacco use, which plummeted from 36.4% in 1997 to 22% in 2003, has leveled off at 19.5% since 2005 despite persistent anti-smoking campaigns. Among the most alarming numbers: nearly 25% of high school seniors now smoke, and one-third of them will ultimately die from tobacco-related conditions, while more than 50% of young white and Hispanic male tobacco consumers use both cigarettes and chewing tobacco. The report cites tobacco industry marketing, some $10 billion per year, and successful lobbying against increased tobacco taxes as contributing to the problem. It also noted that adolescent bodies are more vulnerable to both addiction and damage caused by tobacco products.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Smokeless Tobacco Increases Heart Risks

Tags: Smokeless Tobacco, Smoking Rates, Tobacco Use, Teenage Smoking, Surgeon General's Report, Tobacco Marketing, Tobacco Taxes, Chewing Tobacco

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Amazing They Answered the Phone

2 Half the U.S. Says Legalize Pot

According to the most recent Gallup Poll, a record 50% of Americans now say that marijuana should be legalized, and 70% favor MDs being allowed to prescribe it to relieve pain or suffering. The pro-legalization percentage in polls, which was 12% in 1969 (versus 84% opposed), held steady in the mid-20% range from around 1978 to 1995, but has inched up steadily since then, hitting 40% in 2009 and 46% in 2010. This is also the first Gallup poll in which more Americans favor legalization than oppose it, 50% to 46%. A nationwide survey in 2009 found that nearly 17% of Americans 12 years old or older had used it in the previous month, an increase over surveys taken in the years 2002-2008. Given that 69% of those aged 18-29 are in favor, its legalization seems ultimately assured.

More at Gallup | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Occasionall Marijuana Use May Not Harm Lungs

Tags: Legal Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Legal Pot, Americans Favor Legal Pot, Gallup Poll on Marijuana, Gallup Poll on Pot, 50% Favor Legal Pot, 50% of US Favor Legal Marijuana

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23rd Birthday Wish: to Live

3 700-Pound Man Begs the Internet to Save Him

On the eve of his twenty-third birthday, 700-pound Robert Gibbs of Livermore, California decided to make an online plea for help that he hoped would go viral, and he got his birthday wish. On Friday evening, the video "Overweight guy asks for help" had already had received 1,331,341 views on YouTube. Gibbs sees his video as a matter of life and death, and he's hoping someone who views it will help him turn his life around. He says he's tried "everything possible" to lose weight, but always gained it back. Salon reports that TV's Dr. Phil has reached out to Gibbs and made plans to visit him at his home. Gibbs has also reportedly received a lot of advice and messages of support after posting his video.

More at Salon | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Obese Beagle Mix Uses Underwater Treadmill

Tags: Obesity Causes, Robert Gibbs, 700 Pound Man, Extremely Obese, Overweight Guy Asks for Help, Viral Youtube Videos

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A Trip Towards Sobriety

4 Research Suggests LSD Helps Alcoholics Quit

A team of researchers in Norway conducted a retrospective study of previous research in the USA and Canada to take another look at the role of LSD in treating alcoholism. The studies were conducted between 1996 to 1970 and involved a total of 536 patients. It was observed that the heavy alcoholics were able to quit and more likely to remain sober after just one dose of the drug known for inducing “trips,” or experiences that alter reality and allow them people to form new perspectives. The LSD treatment was most effective the first few months after administration and its effects did wane over time. The specific mechanism that helps people battle alcoholism is not known, but LSD does interact with the serotonin receptors in the brain and it is not addictive and nontoxic.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Hallucinogen Helps Terminal Cancer Patients

Tags: Alcoholism, LSD, Substance Abuse Treatment, Sobriety

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