American Journal of Public Health   |  November 9, 2017

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In Vietnam—a nation of motorbikes—legislation mandating helmets increased use by an astonishing 99%, with 1557 road deaths and 2495 serious injuries avoided in the first year. Australia’s tobacco plain packaging law resulted in a 78% relative increase in requests for quitting assistance. Independent inspections con- firmed 90% compliance with regulations in British Columbia setting maximum levels for artificial trans-fatty acids in processed foods. These are just some of the dynamic ways in which law advances the right to health.

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