Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

States aren’t interested in discouraging smoking; tobacco is a cash cow.

The federal government is considering lawsuits against the states that have legalized marijuana.

Where evidence-based medicine didn’t work: the case of salt consumption.

Government accountants can’t agree on whether Medicaid actually spent one of every ten Medicaid dollars.

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  1. Louise says:

    The salt study present a very interesting dilemma — do you present the public with uncertain yet somewhat compelling evidence while explicitly cautioning about how uncertain it is? The public is generally used to a high degree of certainty when news outlets report scientific studies, even if that’s not the case. Misdirection is unethical, of course, but the national dialogue always trumps up every study and raises expectations of certainty for future work.

  2. Buster says:

    The federal government is considering lawsuits against the states that have legalized marijuana.

    So much for states’ rights! In states which have legalized marijuana, people who want to smoke a doober can obtain a prescription, and buy from the local growers, who are highly-regulated. The feds would rather people risk their health and safety by buying it from clandestine dealers who are supplying drugs imported from Mexico — the funds from which help support the Mexican drug cartels.

  3. Hollie says:

    “Nationally, 19 percent of adults smoke, down from over 40 percent in 1965. But rates remain high for less-educated Americans. Twenty-seven percent of Americans with only a high school diploma smoke, compared with just 8 percent of those with a college degree or higher, according to C.D.C. data from 2010. The highest rate — 34 percent — was among black men who did not graduate from high school.”
    It’s nice to see the averages have dropped since the sixtys. Where are the tobacco taxes funds going?

  4. Slater says:

    “Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 Americans every year, according to the C.D.C”

    -if this isnt reason enought to quit or not smoke, then I dont think there is anythin the governmnet can do.

  5. Thomas says:

    Smoking results in more deaths each year than the use of all illegal drugs combined.

  6. Jordan says:

    It’s interesting that this study about salt comes up immediately after a link to Bloomberg’s dietary legislation.

  7. Charles says:

    States aren’t interested in discouraging smoking; tobacco is a cash cow.

    This is bizarre.

    “States are on track to collect a record $25.7 billion in tobacco taxes and settlement money in the current fiscal year, but they are set to spend less than 2 percent of that on prevention” Seriously?! they are not only making billions of dollars but they are keeping this money for themselves…for what? We are not talking about thousands of dollars, not even millions…but billions!! Wwhat could they possibily be using this money for? It would only make sense for them to invest it and use towards educating people against smoking and preventing it, but I guess they are too greedy and too selfish to even put others before themselves. So upsetting that these are the so-called people that run our government and make all the decisions. How irresponsible.

  8. seyyed says:

    these articles are all very interesting

  9. Jonathan says:

    How does it even make sense that the federal government wants to suit those states who have legalized marijuana…but they are doing nothing about those states trying to encourage smoking while making billions of dollars off of tobacco taxes?? I’m not a marijuana supporter by any means, but in any case marijuana has shown to have some medical use to it that actually helps people recover and deal with certain conditions…tobacco kills people! but I guess that doesn’t matter…Argh I’m getting a headache just from reading these bizarre news. I might go have a cigarette shortly.

  10. August says:

    “The Department of Justice is reviewing the legalization initiatives recently passed in Colorado and Washington State. The department’s responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged.”

    I think the federal government has pretty much got this one in the bag.

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