Tobacco, alcohol, & drugs


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.


Uruguay’s President To Increase Regulation Of Tobacco, Alcohol Industries

Bloomberg: Uruguay’s President, Who Won a Fight With Big Tobacco, Is Now Targeting Alcohol “Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez is taking his crusade against cigarettes to alcohol, while doubling down on tobacco regulation after a court threw out a dispute with Philip Morris. The government will issue a decree next week requiring all tobacco producers use…More

Using a mobile health application to reduce #alcohol consumption

Smartphone applications (“apps”) offer promise as tools to help people monitor and reduce their alcohol consumption.

Understanding the impact of school tobacco policies on adolescent smoking behaviour: A realist…

Publication date: June 2017 Source:Social Science &amp; Medicine, Volume 183 Author(s): Michael Schreuders, Paulien A.W.

The Relationship Between Injection Drug Use and Immune Activation

Abstract: High levels of immune activation are reported for people who inject drugs.

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.

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