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Science, global health, and irrational health behaviors

Ed. Note: Sara Gorman will be joining us once a month to highlight different aspects of her forthcoming book on science denialism.  Have you ever Read More

The inequitable distribution of tobacco outlet density: the role of income in two Black…

Studies have shown that communities with higher concentrations of low-income racial and ethnic minorities correlate with a greater presence of tobacco outlets.

Mexico SimSmoke: how changes in tobacco control policies would impact smoking prevalence and…

10.1080/17441692.2015.1123749<br/>Nancy L.

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Substance Use Treatment Provider Behavior and Healthcare Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts

Abstract We examine the impact of the 2006 Massachusetts healthcare reform on substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities’ provision of care.


Reducing adolescent smoking in India

David P Thomas and Marita Hefler1 suggest ways to reduce adolescent smoking in low-income and middle-income countries, in response to the Article by Bo Xi and colleagues (November, 2016).2 We suggest some additional measures to reduce adolescent smoking in India.


Reducing adolescent smoking in India – Authors’ reply

Historically, most of the smoked tobacco in India has been in the form of bidis, because they are cheap and locally manufactured. Evidence suggests that tobacco use rates are increasing in India, with a clear shift in consumption away from bidis to cigarettes among adults, particularly young adults aged 15–29 years.1 However, there is no such evidence for a consumption shift in adolescents aged 13–15 years despite high bidi smoking rates in this population. We appreciate Mrinal Barua and colleagues’ interest in our paper,2 and for proposing social class-specific strategies to reduce adolescent smoking in India.


Re: The effect of smoking on the risk of primary open-angle glaucoma: an updated meta-analysis…

I read the interesting article by Zhou et al.


Clinical Action against Drunk Driving

by Donald A. Redelmeier, Allan S. Detsky In advance of a safety campaign on 17 March 2017, Donald Redelmeier and Allan Detsky call on physicians and clinical colleagues to reduce the chances that patients will drive drunk.


CGD Blog Post Examines New IMF Technical Note On Tobacco Taxes

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog/Views from the Center”: The IMF Finally Speaks on Tobacco Taxes William Savedoff, senior fellow at CGD, examines the strengths and shortcomings of a technical note on tobacco taxes that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released in November, writing, “While it recognizes the health effects of reducing tobacco…More


Smoking and heavy drinking patterns in rural, urban and rural-to-urban migrants: the PERU…

Previous studies have found mixed results about cigarette and alcohol consumption patterns among rural-to-urban migrants.


Smoking habits in French farmers: a cross-sectional study

Farmers are exposed to multiple air contaminants that may interact with tobacco smoking in the development of respiratory diseases.


Waterpipe tobacco smoking prevalence and illegal underage use in waterpipe-serving premises: a…

Waterpipe tobacco smoking has received little epidemiological and policy attention in the UK despite reports of increasing prevalence alongside an anecdotally non-compliant industry.


Use of enhancement drugs amongst athletes and television celebrities and public interest in…

Non-medical use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) has been reported in non-competitive athletes with the intention to improve physical appearance, particularly muscle size and definition.1 The misuse of AAS—namely, non-prescribed and use clearly outside medical guidelines—is a cause for public health concern, given their physical and psychological adverse effects, such as disruption of endogenous testosterone production, liver tumours, heart failure, altered mood, increment of aggressive behaviour, and strokes, as well as their visibility and availability in the Internet and social networks.


Modelling possible causality in the associations between unemployment, cannabis use, and…

Publication date: February 2017 Source:Social Science &amp; Medicine, Volume 175 Author(s): Joseph M.


Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives

Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new landmark global report from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America.


Comparison of pharmaceutical, illicit drug, alcohol, nicotine and caffeine levels in wastewater…

Monitoring the scale of pharmaceuticals, illicit and licit drugs consumption is important to assess the needs of law enforcement and public health, and provides more information about the different trends with…


Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure in young adolescents aged 12–15 years:…

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure were frequent among young adolescents aged 12–15 years in low-income and middle-income countries. Parental tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure were strongly associated with young adolescents’ tobacco use. The data emphasise the need to strengthen tobacco control interventions and programmes in young adolescents from low-income and middle-income countries.


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