Suffolk County Nation’s First County to Ban Electronic Cigarettes from Minors and From Public Indoor Spaces

On August 18, 2009, the Suffolk County Legislature voted to ban electronic cigarettes from public indoor spaces where ‘traditional forms of smoking are already disallowed,’ but allows adults to use the devices anywhere cigarette smoking is permitted. The bill also bans the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19. The bill has been described as the first of its kind in the nation. It cites the ‘unknown’ amount of nicotine in the battery-operated devices as presenting a ‘significant risk of rapid addiction or overdose.’ Suffolk’s new law is expected to take effect 90 days after the New … Read the rest

“Stop-Smoking” Drug Chantix May Have Caused Psychotic and Suicidal Behavior Leading to Death of Musician

Concerns have surfaced that Chantix, the stop-smoking drug manufactured by Pfizer, may have led to musician Carter Albrecht’s bizarre and tragic death on September 5, 2007. That rare psychotic and suicidal behavior are possible side effects of Chantix is mentioned in extreme fine print of the original box insert. However, large-print, pharmacy handouts given to users of the drug warning of nausea, changes in dreaming, constipation, gas, and vomiting with the use of Chantix do not mention rare psychotic and suicidal behavior.

Albrecht was keyboard player from pop-music group Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. Albrecht was also a singer, … Read the rest