A recent study in the Nicotine & Tobacco Research journal confirms that the tobacco industry sends discount cigarette coupons to non-smokers in the USA and that some of those receiving the coupons become smokers. The study concludes that its findings support more restrictive policies to curtail the use of tobacco product discount coupons because […]
Although the federal Tobacco Control Act gives the U.S. Food and Drug Agency extensive authorities to regulate tobacco products and their marketing, labeling, and sale, the Trump Administration’s new pro-business, anti-regulation approach might put some serious obstacles in the way of any significant new FDA regulations to reduce the massive amounts of tobacco use and […]
Last week, we learned that the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists to minimize the link between sugar and heart disease, blaming saturated fat instead. Unfortunately, scientific evidence isn’t the only thing the industry has been influencing: a soda company in Colombia has successfully pushed for the suspension of a television advertisement warning the public about […]
This post was written by Janelle Langan, an LL.M. in Global Health Law candidate at Georgetown University Law Center. Any questions or comments about the post should be directed to email@example.com. The rebellious, rugged images of the Marlboro Man linked the idea of smoking filtered Marlboro cigarettes with masculinity to promote tobacco sales at the […]
On April 5, the O’Neill Institute, in collaboration with Fundacion InterAmericana del Corazon Argentina (FIC Argentina) and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), participated in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) on the “Right to Health and Tobacco Addiction in the Americas”. It was the first time that the Commission considered the intersection […]
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This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Fernanda Alonso and Oscar Cabrera. Questions about this post can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether or not you agree with legalizing marijuana, it is happening. So far, at least nine countries have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Uruguay has also made it legal for recreational use, and […]
Finally, after years of negotiation, speculation, anticipation and/or trepidation, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been released. Undoubtedly, lawyers around the world will be pouring over the details over the next weeks and months, as will the US congress in order to decide whether to approve or reject the agreement in its […]
This post was written by O’Neill Institute Executive Director, Oscar Cabrera and O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Lawrence O. Gostin. Any questions about this post can be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. A prior O’Neill Institute blog by Aliza Glasner reported on the criminal convictions and sentencing of food company executives in the United States for […]
I have previously written about the absurdity of treating tobacco like any other good in the market, specifically the inconsistencies between antitrust law and public health regulation. It’s concerning – and frightening – when economists and free trade advocates forget that, unlike any other commercial good, tobacco products harm and frequently kill those that use […]
Those working in global health and development are used to hearing about inequalities and disparities in health outcomes. We know that poor or disadvantaged populations around the world are more likely to have poorer health outcomes across almost all measures of health. It is promising to see large donors such as the Ford Foundation recognizing […]
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