Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids #StopMarlboro

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is asking those concerned about Philip Morris International’s BeMarlboro global marketing campaign to sign the petition below. Read more about the campaign here.

 

Dear (Government Officials) (cc PMI): 

The Marlboro Man marketing campaign helped make Marlboro the most popular cigarette brand with youth across the world – fueling a global tobacco epidemic that kills six million people annually and is projected to kill one billion people this century. Over 80 percent of these deaths occur in Continue reading Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids #StopMarlboro

Meat lobby peddles doubt to undermine dietary guidelines

Cross–posted from Al Jazeera

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated every five years, never fails to cause a stir. For the current revision, released in February, a federally appointed scientific committee — after a two-year review of the latest research and numerous public hearings — has recommended (PDF) lowering consumption of red meat and processed meat. Continue reading Meat lobby peddles doubt to undermine dietary guidelines

New Plant Foods Coalition Enters Dietary Guidelines Debate

Every sector of the food industry–most of them unhealthy–has something to say about how Americans should eat. But we rarely hear the voices of healthier food companies in shaping the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. I organized this new coalition of plant food companies to help fill that void. Continue reading New Plant Foods Coalition Enters Dietary Guidelines Debate

Underage Drinkers Most Influenced by Alcohol Marketing More Likely to Report Dangerous Drinking Behaviors

Underage youth who cite alcohol marketing and the influence of adults, movies or other media as the main reasons for choosing to consume a specific brand of alcohol are more likely to drink more and report adverse consequences from their drinking than youth who report other reasons for selecting a specific brand, new research suggests.

The findings, published earlier this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health, add to Continue reading Underage Drinkers Most Influenced by Alcohol Marketing More Likely to Report Dangerous Drinking Behaviors

Support New York State Mandatory Warning Label on Added Sugar in Sugary Beverages

This testimony was presented to the New York State Assembly Committees on Consumer Affairs and Protection and Health on April 13, 2015:

I am here to testify in support of Bill 2320A, an act to amend the New York State agriculture and markets law, in relation to the labeling of sugar-sweetened beverages with warnings. I am a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at City University of New York School of Public Health and Hunter College and Faculty Director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College. I offer four reasons for supporting labeling of sugar-sweetened beverages with warnings on the health effects of added sugars. Continue reading Support New York State Mandatory Warning Label on Added Sugar in Sugary Beverages

How Cheap is Corporate Talk?

A new study posted on the Social Sciences Research Network by James W. Coleman at the University of Calgary in Canada compares the statements that oil companies make to regulators and to investors. The abstract is below.

When companies face adverse proposed rules, they may want to Continue reading How Cheap is Corporate Talk?

Beyond Apologies: An Interview with Debra Efroymson

Debra Efroymson is Regional Director for HealthBridge, a global nonprofit organization that aims to improve the health of vulnerable populations and to develop new solutions to preventing and reducing the inequitable distribution of noncommunicable diseases. Based in Bangladesh, she has written about livable cities, tobacco control and NCD prevention. Her new book Beyond Apologies: Defining and Achieving an Economics of Wellbeing is Continue reading Beyond Apologies: An Interview with Debra Efroymson

Tracking the Effects of Corporate Practices on Health