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The Daily Buzz: November 25, 2014


China considers bans on public smoking and tobacco ads; more teens are misusing sleep and anti-anxiety drugs; and Budweiser ditches Clydesdales for Jay-Z in bid to keep young people's business.

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China Considers Tobacco Advertising Limits, Public-Smoking Ban
With more than 300 million smokers, China has the heaviest tobacco consumption in the world. The government is trying to crack down on tobacco-related illness by considering a ban on all smoking advertising. They could also ban smoking in all indoor, public places as well as outside places like hospitals and schools.

More Teens Misusing Sleep, Anti-Anxiety Drugs, Study Shows
Teens prescribed drugs for sleep and anxiety may be up to 12 times more likely to misuse them compared to teens who didn’t receive prescriptions, according to a new study in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. These drugs, which doctors say are not harmful when used as prescribed, have been increasingly prescribed to teens over the last decade.

US Sentences Sinaloa Drug Cartel Member to 22 Years in Prison
A high-ranking member of Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel, Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, faces more than two decades in prison after a sentencing this week by a federal judge in Chicago. Prosecutors alleged that he was the right-hand man of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the captured drug lord who was formerly one of the world’s most wanted men, trafficking billions of dollars of cocaine into the US.

Ten Rules for Surviving the Drinking Holiday Known as Thanksgiving Eve
Thanksgiving Day is known for extreme eating. But the night before, when people across the country re-convene in their hometowns, is more about getting wasted. This list of suggestions for surviving pre-holiday inebriation includes some classic wisdom like “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” and “a martini is classier than three shots,” and the always-important: “hydrate.” Because you don’t want to be too hungover to enjoy turkey and stuffing (your feelings).

Budweiser Ditches Iconic Clydesdales for Jay-Z
With craft beers increasingly en vogue, the “King of Beers” is reportedly doing some marketing overhaul to hold on to young people’s business. Apparently, this means getting rid of the iconic clydesdale horses long associated with the brand, and replacing them with the king of mainstream rap music, Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z, who will appear in new TV commercials for the brand. Smart move, Bud.