• Dartmouth Medicine magazine features The Koop Institute

    “Today, the Koop Institute is comprised of a group of diversely trained yet highly collaborative investigators working to build on his example and keep his legacy alive. Their mission is to advance health and well-being through research, education, and policy efforts to protect public health and prevent disease—by mitigating threats …

  • Tobacco industry affected UNICEF’s health objectives

    The tobacco industry has been found to have manipulated children’s rights agency UNICEF for over a decade in order to derail their tobacco free initiatives. Internal documents have shown that they did so by strategically partnering with UNICEF to divert attention to other childrens health rights issues and away from …

  • Research finds evidence that norms can be influenced by industry

    Today’s growing obesity epidemic has been influenced by many factors, one of which being the steadily increasing and “supersized” portions of food in the US. Three experiments recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that reducing portion sizes for study participants not only reduced their perception of …

  • Big tobacco corrective statements to appear on more media channels

    Tobacco companies have been ordered this month to implement additional “corrective statements”, first mandated by a US District Judge in 2006, on their websites and cigarette package onserts. The statements were ordered when a judge found tobacco companies to have violated civil racketeering laws and purposefully deceived consumers about the …

  • Bacardi buys Patrón, becoming #1 in the spirits market

    As with many markets, the majority of the spirits industry is owned and controlled by a handful of parent companies. By purchasing Patrón, Bacardi has launched itself to #1 in the super-premium segment in the US, with over 200 brands under their control. The purchase of Patrón, a leader in …

  • Diverting Discussions: How the tobacco industry has fought against standardized packaging

    For years the tobacco industry has been fighting the push for standardized packaging featuring graphic warning labels and pictures. The author calls this effort a “multipronged trade strategy” after researching internal industry and government documents. This included shifting the discussion of tobacco control away from health and onto trade benefits, …

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