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CVS Calls It Quits: No More Cigarettes

CVS/Caremark, the largest selling drugstore chain in the U.S., announced Wednesday that it will stop selling tobacco products by year’s end, a potential catalyst for more retailers to also consider withdrawing. Smoking-cessation advocates believe less access will help fight the addictive habit, while market analysts said it will likely shift sales to other venues. “CVS …

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Make Designated Driver Your MVP on Super Bowl Sunday

In advance of Super Bowl XLVIII, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has teamed up with Tennessee Titans Tight End Delanie Walker, named the 2013 Titans Walter Payton Man of the Year, to urge football fans to have a plan for how they’ll get home from Super Bowl parties with a non-drinking designated driver, MADD said …

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North Korean Pushing Meth Into U.S.

Working in close coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency,  authorities in Thailand in September arrested five members of an Asian drug smuggling network and charged them with hatching a plot to export 220 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States. These individuals were then extradited and transferred into the custody of the DEA, and …

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The Link Between Concussions and Depression

Concussions were a major news topic in 2013. In August, the National Football League (NFL) came to a $795-million settlement with more than 18,000 former players seeking compensation for concussion-related brain injuries. The NFL is the most watched and most lucrative of the country’s professional sports leagues, so the lawsuit and eventual settlement shined a …

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How Do Substance Use Disorder and Conduct Disorder Affect the Teen Brain?

Substance use disorder and conduct disorder are two mental health conditions defined in the U.S. according to terms set forth by the American Psychiatric Association. Many people affected by conduct disorder engage in patterns of drug or alcohol intake that put them at risk for developing substance use disorder. Practically speaking, this means that the …

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The Marlboro Man Dies – Again

Eric Lawson, who portrayed the iconic “Marlboro Man” in print ads for Marlboro cigarettes from 1978 to 1981, died Jan. 10 at his home in San Luis Obispo. The cause of death: respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. He was 72.

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