Category: Michael Siegel

How Should E-Cigarettes Be Regulated?

January 29th, 2015 in 2015, Huffington Post, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

While many believe “vaping” to be a safer alternative to smoking, California is the latest state to declare e-cigarettes a health threat and call for regulation. But should the laws be as strict as tobacco products?…

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As smokers spark up e-cigs to quit, traditional aids suffer

January 29th, 2015 in 2015, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

When Marty Weinstein decided to quit smoking, he took a friend’s advice and tried electronic cigarettes rather than government-approved nicotine replacement products…

Expert quote:

“They have better results than placebos, but their rates of success are quite low.”

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Is Vaping Worse Than Smoking?

January 27th, 2015 in 2015, Michael Siegel, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

So I suppose you heard about the latest e-cigarette study, the one that said that the vapors e-cigarette users inhale contain multiple forms of formaldehyde…

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Teens like alcohol brands they see at the stadium

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, Futurity News, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Underage drinkers are more likely to choose alcohol brands that sponsor sports, music, and entertainment events, a new study shows…

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More research, regulation needed on energy drinks: study

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

A new review of the existing evidence suggests that energy drinks may represent a looming public health threat in Europe, especially for kids and young adults…

Expert quote:

“It appears clear that excessive or irresponsible consumption of energy drinks does represent a public health problem.”

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States with most gun owners have more ‘non-stranger’ homicides

October 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Mass gun attacks — like the tragic 2012 killing of 27 children and adults in Newtown — usually prompt calls for changes in gun laws. Gun-rights advocates contend better armed civilians can fend off attacks by strangers in their homes, while gun-control activists argue that deadly firearms need to be kept out of the hands of homicidal maniacs through tougher gun laws…

Expert quote:

“Not only do guns not protect people from having strangers kill them but having those guns around puts them at greater risk for being killed in a situation with someone that they do know.”

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Fox News analyst says Obama’s gun laws will lead to more ISIS style beheadings

October 1st, 2014 in 2014, Examiner.com, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The issue of gun rights and gun control is always a controversial topic in American politics. Despite no major gun legislation being passed since President Obama was sworn into office in 2009, one conservative commentator is warning that if the president does takes action, American lives will be on the line…

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Should Iowa cities ban e-cigarettes?

September 26th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Electronic cigarette use isn’t new, but cities in Iowa remain undecided about whether to restrict their use…

Expert quote:

“There are pollutants in the cooking fumes, there are pollutants in perfumes. You can’t just say, ‘Well, we’re just going to ban anything that has chemicals in them.’ You have to draw the line somewhere.”

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Flowing Beer Can Lead to Flow Of Cash For Colleges, But Raises Public Health Concerns

September 14th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The controversial highway billboards featuring the Husky mascot next to a Coors beer bottle caused a stir in Connecticut this past week, but they also placed UConn among a number of schools across the country that have associated with beer companies to boost their sports budgets…

Expert quote:

“There is a reasonable body of evidence suggesting that alcohol advertising does have an impact on youth alcohol consumption. … The heavier the exposure, the more likely youth are to initiate alcohol use. This is advertising of a product that is not legally purchasable by the majority of this audience.”

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CVS Caremark changes its name to CVS Health

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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The drug store chain CVS has stopped selling tobacco products a month sooner than planed as the company moves to position itself as a provider of health services, as well as prescription drug and other products…

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