Finland Wants to Cut Tobacco Use to 2% or Less by 2040

Finland has set an ambitious goal of going 98% tobacco-free by 2040 through taxes, and fees and licenses for store owners who wish to sell tobacco products.

Delhi Government Passes a Disposable Plastics Ban for the 2nd Time

On January 1, 2017, a law banning the use of all disposable plastics throughout the capital region, which was voted on in December 2016.

January 30 was “Marijuana Monday” for Residents of Maine

On January 30, Maine joined 7 other states and the District of Columbia, which have all legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Free Soda Refills Banned in France

France has prohibited hotels, restaurants, and school cafeterias from offering free refills of soda and other sugary beverages.

Trump Freezes EPA Grants, Orders Media Blackout

In the few days that Donald Trump has been in the White House, his administration has directed employees at the EPA to freeze its grants and contracts.

California Judge Tentatively OKs Roundup Cancer Warning Label

A California judge has ruled that the state can require a warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup that states it may cause cancer.

CDC Axes Long-Awaited Climate Change and Health Summit

Less than 2 weeks before Trump’s inauguration, the CDC canceled a climate change summit that had been in the works for months.

Pharma Industry Ads Seek to Draw Attention away from Drug Costs

Pharmaceutical industry lobbyists are launching a massive ad campaign aimed at changing people’s opinions of the industry.

Pot Activists Hand out Thousands of Joints for Trump’s Inauguration

A D.C. marijuana activism group handed out thousands of joints at the Jan. 20 inauguration in protest of President Trump’s attorney general pick.

Washington City Sues OxyContin Maker over Opioid Epidemic

The maker of OxyContin is being sued by the town of Everett, Washington, which wants the company to pay for its massive opioid problem.

Trump’s Pick for HHS Secretary has Major Conflicts of Interest

Donald Trump’s pick for HHS secretary has a history of trading stock in companies while pursuing legislation that would help those companies.

Hemp Industry Challenges DEA “Marijuana Extract” Rule

A Denver law firm is taking the DEA to court to officially request that the agency rescind its definition of CBD oil as a controlled substance.

Bees Need the Government’s Help, but the EPA is Oblivious

In a week’s time, a species of bumblebee was declared endangered, and the EPA failed to take action to protect pollinators from toxic pesticides.

Will Donald Trump Give Bayer and Monsanto His Blessing to Merge?

Bayer and Monsanto executives met with Donald Trump on January, 11 2017 to discuss the biotech companies’ $66 billion merger.

Survey: Majority of Police Officers Think Marijuana Laws Should be Relaxed

Police officers are generally less supportive of marijuana legalization, but a new Pew poll shows a small majority think pot laws should be relaxed.

Retailers in Italy Boycott Nutella over Concerns it Could Cause Cancer

Retailers in Italy are boycotting Nutella because it’s made with palm oil, which regulators say can cause cancer when heated to a certain temperature.

New FDA Rule Makes it Harder for Farmers to Give Animals Antibiotics

On January 1, the FDA took an important step in fighting antimicrobial resistance when it banned the use of antibiotics to help livestock gain weight.