Author Archives: Sarah Roache


Tackling NCDs in low- and middle-income countries: A public health lawyer's essential partners

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International public health lawyers are increasingly called upon to formulate and advise on legal interventions to tackle noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries. From smoke-free place laws, to taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, to zoning laws that encourage active transport, legal interventions are important tools to address NCD risk factors such as tobacco use, […]

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Ban the (indoor) tan: it's time to ban tanning beds in the United States

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Despite strong evidence of carcinogenicity, despite increasing skin cancer rates, and despite harrowing stories of young people dying, the US lags behind many countries in the regulation of tanning beds. At a minimum, federal and state governments should ban the use of tanning beds by minors in the United States. In their 2014 review of […]

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Let's get physical! Using law and policy to promote physical activity

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Each year, approximately 3.2 million people die due to physical inactivity. Physical inactivity can lead to obesity, and is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Modern lifestyles, predominately in developed countries, but increasingly in less developed countries too, are sedentary. Watching television, playing video-games, elevators, escalators, and […]

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Harnessing the power of advertising to promote health: 6 of the best public health ads

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Marketing and advertising are powerful tools to influence behavior. A good ad can have profound effects on our decisions – making us crave the latest gadget, causing us to switch away from a brand our family has trusted for generations, or to vote for a candidate we know little about. When it comes to health, […]

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It’s The Sick, Stupid

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Ending discrimination against the sick is a central goal in health reform; all of the major bills ban health insurers from denying enrollment based on health status. But discrimination against the sick does not end once the insurance card arrives in the mail. Insurers have a menu of options for curbing the use of necessary […]

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