• 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 …

  • Oscar nominated films continue to promote tobacco use

    In 2018 we posted about the overwhelming majority of Oscar-nominated films (86%) which featured tobacco usage. Unfortunately, this year wasn’t much better. Just under 80% of films competing featured tobacco imagery, but whereas the average nominated film in 2018 featured 69 tobacco incidents per film, the 2019 nominations averaged a staggering …

  • Walgreens violates tobacco control laws more than any other pharmacy

    Walgreens has come under fire for a pattern of illegal tobacco sales to minors, with a whopping 22% of FDA-inspected Walgreens found to be violating the tobacco sale laws. Since 2010, Walgreens has received 1,550 warning letters from the FDA and 240 financial penalties for selling tobacco to minors.  A study in …

  • Juul instigates “nicotine arms race” for higher drug delivery

    Prominent e-cigarette company Juul, which notably controls 75% of the US market, has triggered a shift in nicotine delivery so intense it’s being compared to an arms race. Typically e-liquids on the market have topped out at 3% nicotine, intended for habitual smokers used to consuming two packs of cigarettes …

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