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[Massachusetts] Ban proposed on public consumption of marijuana in Marshfield

have introduced a bylaw for annual Town Meeting that would essentially ban the public consumption of marijuana in town out of concern for public safety and secondhand smoke. “I feel that marijuana use will be on the rise, that it’ll be more readily availa
Wicked Local (MA)
added Apr 2, 2014 07:44

Teens Smoke Coffee Beans In Cigarettes For Caffeine High: Does Trend Pose Any Health Risks For 'Bean Heads'?

While drinking a cup of coffee might not kill anyone, smoking caffeine could lead to undesirable side effects such as difficulty breathing, dizziness, vomiting, and hallucinations, according to WCCB. These effects can be very similar to those of a caffein
Medical Daily
added Apr 1, 2014 16:31

INADMISSIBLE: Kirkland Partner Eyes White House Post ($$)

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spo
National Law Journal
added Apr 1, 2014 11:50

[Europe, USA] Official warns EU-US trade deal at risk over investor cases ($$)

Negotiations to create a transatlantic free trade zone risk collapsing if the EU has to drop a provision giving investors the right to seek compensation before special arbitration panels, Europe's top trade official has warned.
Financial Times (uk)
added Mar 28, 2014 15:36

[Pennsylvania] PERRY: Deniers learn to blow smoke

climate change deniers have been claiming that science can't prove anything and that the science is just not settled. These were the same arguments the tobacco companies used for many years to cast doubt on whether smoking caused lung cancer. Some of the
Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune
added Mar 28, 2014 11:36

Indonesia to terminate more than 60 bilateral investment treaties ($$)

Indonesia is planning to terminate more than 60 bilateral investment treaties that allow disgruntled foreign investors to bypass local courts and seek compensation in international tribunals, amid a growing global backlash against such provisions.
Financial Times (uk)
added Mar 27, 2014 13:53

7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution

more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health ... Outdoor air pollution-caused deaths ... 40% – ischaemic heart disease; 40% – stroke; 11% – chronic obstructive pulmonary diseas
World Health Organization (WHO)
added Mar 25, 2014 06:57

WHO: Pollution Kills 7 Million People Every Year

The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now become the single biggest environmental health risk. "We all have to breathe, which makes pollution very hard to avoid," said Frank Kelly, director of the environmental
AP - Associated Press
added Mar 25, 2014 06:49

[New York] Judge allows part of Locust Valley Tobacco lawsuit

Judge Joseph Bianco in U.S. District Court in Central Islip ruled last week in a case brought by the owner of Locust Valley Tobacco, which the town shut down two years ago after declaring its building dangerous.
(Long Island, NY) Newsday
added Mar 25, 2014 05:20

[USA] Nearly half of Americans believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, survey finds

and 18% believe in three or more, a new study has found.1 In the study, researchers conducted an internet survey of 1351 US adults, asking whether they had heard of six popular medical conspiracy theories and the level of their agreement with each of the
British Medical Journal
added Mar 22, 2014 23:38
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