Category Archives: In the News

With Moderate Drinking Under Fire, Alcohol Companies Go on Offensive

At a brewers’ conference this spring, an alcohol lobbyist fired a warning shot in what has become a multimillion-dollar global battle, reports The Wall Street Journal. Public-health officials “want to tell you that alcohol causes cancer,” Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, told the crowd. The industry, she said, was in danger of losing its “health halo.” Continue reading With Moderate Drinking Under Fire, Alcohol Companies Go on Offensive

Gays Against Guns: civil disobedience campaign to target gun companies

Hundreds of gay activists will begin a campaign of civil disobedience and direct action against gun companies and their supporters, to demand an end to the epidemic of gun violence blighting the US, reports The Guardian. Members of Gays Against Guns, a group formed in the wake of the massacre of 49 people at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this summer, said they would “no longer stand by and watch the gun industry profit from death”. Above, the group pictured during the 2016 NYC Pride March. Credit.

Patients’ Groups and Big Pharma

A new report by Public Citizen found that of 147 patients’ groups that sided with the pharmaceutical industry against a Medicare Part B demonstration project designed to lower the prices of expensive drugs, at least 110 (75%) received funding from the industry.  Continue reading Patients’ Groups and Big Pharma

In hard-hitting ad campaign, Philly targets tobacco industry marketing practices

“Our children are not replacement smokers!” a protest leader cries in a radio spot, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.  “We have the power!” the crowd responds – which is exactly the point of this unusually aggressive new campaign targeting the tobacco industry’s heavy marketing in low-income and African American neighborhoods. On ads inside SEPTA buses and subway cars, a giant, cuff-link-adorned hand representing the tobacco industry plucks a black teenager from a line of friends, leaving the chalk outline of the teen’s body behind.

Advertisements such as this one are being placed in SEPTA vehicles and at bus stops by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Advertisements such as this one are being placed in SEPTA vehicles and at bus stops by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

When Will Food Issues Be on Politicians’ Plates?

Even though the cultural conversation around food and agriculture seems to grow louder every day, the American food system was on the sidelines at the Republican Convention in Cleveland last week, and at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, writes Kim Severson in The New York Times. Even among those most likely to push for it, food isn’t getting much attention as a political issue. “What people think is cool about food and what people think is cool about politics are different,” said Matt Birong, a Democratic delegate from Vermont who continues to support Senator Bernie Sanders.

Marketing and the Most Trusted Profession: The Invisible Interactions between Registered Nurses and Industry

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine describes pharmaceutical industry activities targeted at registered nurses. Using qualitative, ethnographic methods to study pharmaceutical industry-nurse interactions at four acute care hospitals in one U.S. city, the authors found that nurses’ reported financial relationships with industry were similar to those reported by prescribers. However, nurses reported that their most significant interactions with industry occurred in daily practice.

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Market share for flavor capsule cigarettes is quickly growing, especially in Latin America

Flavor capsules in cigarette filters are a product design innovation that allows consumers to crush a liquid-filled capsule that flavors the cigarette smoke. Most capsules include menthol flavorings.  The top five countries with the highest market share for flavor capsule cigarettes are in the Latin American region: Chile, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and Argentina.

Citation: Thrasher JF, Islam F, Barnoya J, Mejia R, Valenzuela MT, Chaloupka FJ. Market share for flavour capsule cigarettes is quickly growing, especially in Latin America. Tob Control. 2016 Jun 21. pii: tobaccocontrol-2016-053030.