• Alcohol companies successfully quash health labels

    A government-funded study in Canada incorporating cancer warnings on alcoholic beverages was suspended just one month into testing. The alcohol industry had successfully lobbied to shut it down, voicing concerns about legislative authority and defamation. The study resumed several months later without mention of the cancer risk labels. Co-principal investigator …

  • 34% of Columbus tobacco retailers fail Tobacco 21 compliance checks

    After passing Tobacco 21 legislation 18 months ago, Columbus Public Health officials say undercover checks have revealed an alarming rate of noncompliance. After visibly underage “secret shoppers” were sent in by officials to attempt to buy tobacco products, less than two thirds of tobacco shops upheld the new protocol. Retailers …

  • Teen perceive alcohol ads directed towards them

    A study published in April found that teenagers often find alcohol advertisements to be directed at their own age group. Previous studies have established this advertising angle, but “this study draws directly on the views of young people, rather than relying on the views of experts or researchers, to understand …

  • Australian smoking rates rebound with suspension of antismoking campaign

    Smoking trends have been compared to a spring, a metal coil requiring continuous downward pressure to remain suppressed, rather than a screw, which once driven down stays down. This natural experiment demonstrated that suspending a major anti-tobacco campaign was associated with a disruption to the downward trajectory of smoking, and …

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