Daily Archives: November 2, 2009

Genes may explain why churchgoers drink, smoke less

NEW YORK - Churchgoers drink and smoke less than adults who spend their Sundays elsewhere but a U.S. study had found it may not be church attendance itself that explains this — it could be their genes.

Discarded cigarette butts add up to a huge problem for Earth

cigarette-store.biz/info/prevent-cigarettes-litter-catastrophe are a public nuisance, and not just for aesthetic reasons. The filters on cigarettes – four-fifths of all cigarettes have them — are made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that is very slow to degrade in the environment. A typical cigarette butt can take anywhere from 18 months to 10 years to decompose, depending on environmental conditions.

Drug policy should be based on scientific evidence

In the 2009 Eve Saville lecture delivered this past July, Professor David Nutt of Imperial College London, also the chairman of the UK government’s Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs, made some claims that few of us would contentious:

Democrats’ Quiet Changes Pile Up

WASHINGTON — While President Barack Obama still faces stiff headwinds on a range of major legislation on his agenda, he has been signing into law a slew of smaller initiatives that had gathered dust on the Democratic wish list for years.

Smokers of flavored cigarettes change habit

Jaclyn Glover smokes clove cigarettes because they smell better, taste better and make her car smell like flowers. With a federal ban on the sweet-smelling cigarettes taking effect this fall, she went to tobacco stores and stocked up.

Why Indy’s behind the pack

The debate over a proposal in Indianapolis to ban smoking in bars and other workplaces has been impassioned, pitting arguments of public health against appeals for personal liberty and business concerns.