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Exposed: Decades of Denial on Poisons

December 12, 2014 | By

Last week, The Center for Public Integrity announced that it was joining with Columbia University and City University of New York to make public some 20,000 pages of benzene documents — the inaugural collection in Exposed: Decades of denial on poisons, an archive of previously secret oil and chemical industry …

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The rise of electronic cigarettes and their impact on public health

November 20, 2014 | By , ,

Cross-posted from OUP Blog Oxford Dictionaries has selected vape as Word of the Year 2014 and I wrote the following commentary for the OUP Blog. A new report from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that use of e-cigarettes among high schools students has tripled in two …

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Five Questions for the Food Movement after Berkeley Approves a Soda Tax

November 14, 2014 | By

On Election Day November 4th, Berkeley voters made their town the first in the United States to approve a soda tax, endorsing Measure D to levy a penny-an-ounce tax on soda  by a 3 to 1 margin , 76% for and 24% against.  The victory came despite the fact that …

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True Cost of Diverted Tobacco Payouts Measured in Lives

October 23, 2014 | By

Cross-posted from The Conversation Not enough tobacco company money is going into public health campaigns. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz The #20 Million Memorial created earlier this month by the United States Centers for Disease Control, is an online tribute to honor the 20 million spouses, mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, and friends …

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Public Policies and the Risk Factors for NCDs in Brazil

October 2, 2014 | By , , ,

  At the Todo Juntos Contra O Cancer (Together Against Cancer) conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week, several presenters explored the role of the food, alcohol and tobacco industries in non-communicable diseases in Brazil and elsewhere. The moderator of the panel was Claudia Collucci, a reporter for Folha de …

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Climate Change, Food and Health: Taking Action to Address Root Causes

September 10, 2014 | By

The “good” news is that three of the world’s most serious threats —human-induced climate change, accelerating epidemics of chronic diseases, and growing food insecurity — have common causes and therefore potentially common solutions. The 2014 Climate Summit at the United Nations later this month provides an opportunity for scientists, government …

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Assessing the Health Impact of Burger King’s Acquisition of Tim Horton’s

September 3, 2014 | By

Last month, the U.S. fast food corporation Burger King (BK) announced that it planned to buy Tim Horton’s, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain for $11 billion to create the world’s second largest fast food chain.  Media and political commentary on the deal has focused on BK’s decision to move …

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