• 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 …

  • Alcohol lobby encourages maintenance of higher blood alcohol driving limits

    Legislators in Utah have revisited the merit of lowering the blood alcohol content limit for drivers to 0.05% after a previously proposed bill to do this was shot down by alcohol lobby groups in 2017. This has unsurprisingly angered the lobbies once more. The American Beverage Institute (ABI) launched a …

  • WHO calls for eliminating added trans fats worldwide by 2023

    The World Health Organization will be providing guidelines for countries to cut artificial trans-fatty acids, a food component described as an unnecessary and toxic chemical. Their program is based on reviewing dietary sources, promoting the use of healthier fats, legislation, assessing changes, and creating awareness and enforcement – also the …

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