• Walgreens implements shame-induced policy to finally protect youth from tobacco

    Facing public criticism after a JAMA Pediatrics study found tobacco control violations at 22% of FDA-inspected stores, Walgreens is implementing their own “Tobacco 21” policy chain-wide starting in September. This is a step in the right direction, but notably came only after widespread public scorn. Read their press release here.

  • What’s new from the Koop?

    Koop members Travis Masterson, Diane Gilbert-Diamond, and Jennifer Emond have published a new study entitled, “Measurement of external food cue responsiveness in preschool-age children: Preliminary evidence for the use of the external food cue responsiveness scale“. Their goal was to develop a way to quickly identify which children might be …

  • NYC takes huge step in protecting youth from persuasive alcohol advertising

    New York City recently announced a new plan to protect young people and primarily POC-inhabited neighborhoods which are disproportionately targeted by subway ads for alcohol. Effective immediately, the approximately 3% of city-owned advertising space will be replaced as alcohol ad contracts expire. New Yorkers can expect a full ban to …

  • Advocates win lawsuit against FDA, forcing graphic warning labels within a year

    Over 120 countries require graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging, and still despite extensive evidence of their effectiveness the United States has not updated label regulations since 1984. Now, after a landmark victory in a federal court the FDA must issue their final rule mandating graphic health warnings on both …

  • Fast food offerings become larger and less healthy over several decades

    A recently published study tracked portion sizes and nutritional content of major fast food options over the past three decades. Data was analyzed from 10 restaurants and found that portions and calories increased dramatically over the course of 30 years, and sodium content in particular skyrocketed. Authors conclude with the …

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