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New research suggests that the various types of marketing that appear on television, billboards, etc. during sports games are more likely to influence the way youths behave then the actual behavior of athletes. The large amount of alcohol advertising that takes place at sporting events and on television is encouraging youth to drink. It appears stories of athletes wild nights out, on the other hand, don’t affect teenagers’ decisions to drink at any significant level. (more…)

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With the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver just a few days away, I thought it would be interesting to see whats being said about steroid use among athletes. Using any kind of performance enhancing drug is strictly prohibited by the Olympic Committee, but that hasn’t stopped some from trying to get away with it.

Looking back into recent years, the biggest scandals of the Olympics that come to mind are the Chinese gymnasts of 2008 and the Michael Phelps bong photo controversy. I also remember Marion Jones losing all of her medals after it was discovered she used performance enhancing drugs several years ago (she also had to serve jail time).

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E-Cigarettes are a product that have caused a fairly large amount of discussion over recent years but never truly grabbed media attention for a sustained period of time. This BBC article suggests that they may not be a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes after all.

True, the people who use e-cigarettes are not inhaling some of the harmful chemicals that are found in cigarettes such as tar and carbon monoxide. However, very little research has been done to prove that these are some how healthier.

Several studies are currently exploring this but results won’t be released until later this year at best. Definitely use caution if you have chosen to use one of these devices instead of normal cigarettes.

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A huge number of celebrities have died from drug abuse, and with prescription drug abuse on the rise we will inevitably see an increase in the number of stars who died too soon.

Artist Jason Mecier makes portraits of celebrities out of a variety of ‘junk’ items, and recently he has revealed portraits of Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger, as well as Courtney Love and Kelly Osbourne–two admitted drug users who have struggled with the disease and managed to escape death so far.

Check out his portraits here. Hopefully more stars will start making better choices with their powerful ability to serve as role models for youth.

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Last Tuesday, the U.K. announced that they will be taking new steps to protect their citizens from the dangers of alcohol abuse. The most notable measure is a ban on “irresponsible promotions” which they describe as deals “that encourage people to drink quickly or irresponsibly.” For example, nights where women can drink for free or where anyone can drink to their content for a certain price.

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The other day I learned about a campaign in the U.K. called It’s No Joke that comedians are getting involved with in order to teach youth that there can be serious consequences to getting involved with drug and alcohol abuse. Even though the comedians are from the U.K. and have a bit of a different sense of humor or different ways of speaking, it’s definitely worth checking out their videos that you can find right on the homepage of their website.

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