Monthly Archives: July 2010

Two crises and one solution: How alcohol tax increases can help save state budgets and reduce underage drinking

    “Schools, city stare into abyss” screams a headline in the San Diego Union-Tribune about the hundreds of millions of dollars in budget shortfalls foreseen in the next few years. “Schwarzenegger declares California fiscal emergency” yells Reuters. But the … Continue reading

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Floatopia: When alcohol and water don’t mix

    You don’t have to be an expert to know that water and alcohol don’t mix, not when you’re swimming in the former and drinking the latter. So when I hear about Floatopias – throngs of people on rafts … Continue reading

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Big Tobacco’s unrelenting campaign against our children

    Yes, Big Tobacco is still trying to get your children to smoke cigarettes, even though laws enjoin them to stop. How can they help it? They’ve got to replace all those smokers who quit or die. When you … Continue reading

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Marijuana vs. Alcohol: A made-up story brought to you by the MJ lobby

    One of the craziest arguments from the marijuana lobby is that young people should smoke marijuana because it’s less dangerous than alcohol. We were recently subjected to the strange spectacle of a group of mothers in Colorado pushing … Continue reading

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Green buildings full of smoke

    If it’s a “green” building, shouldn’t it – by definition – be smoke-free? Green buildings are not just about reducing the carbon footprint. Green standards for building are promulgated by the International Code Council, which states as its … Continue reading

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Underage drinking parties on wheels

    One weekend night, police in Pacific Beach in San Diego came upon a party bus with drunken teenagers spilling out and falling down on the pavement. The police boarded the bus and found more alcohol than at a … Continue reading

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Poor children deserve better than second-hand smoke

    Tobacco and poverty go hand-in-hand the world round, and one of the main reasons is that tobacco causes so much sickness and disease that sap families’ ability to work and succeed. Plus, tobacco is expensive, but the addict … Continue reading

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