Category: School of Public Health

Analysts question whether planned San Francisco ban on menthol flavorings could have ripple effect

Winston-Salem Journal quoting Michael Siegel, School of Public Health “Menthol and other flavored tobacco products are being targeted for a sales ban in San Francisco, potentially setting the first U.S. precedent on the controversial topic…” Expert quote: “Rather than serving as a gateway toward cigarette smoking, e-cigarettes may actually be acting as a diversion away […]

Water at state’s largest prison raises concerns

Boston Globe quoting Wendy Heiger-Bernays & Birgit Claus Henn, School of Public Health “In 2011, after years of inmate complaints about the tea-colored water and long-term problems with aging tanks and wells, the state’s largest prison suffered an unprecedented failure to its water supply…” Expert quotes: “There is very little that has become more safe […]

Stricter gun laws tied to fewer fatal police shootings

Reuters quoting Ziming Xuan, School of Public Health “U.S. states with tighter restrictions on the purchase and use of guns and ammunitions may have fewer fatal police shootings than places with more permissive firearm policies, a recent study suggests…” Expert quote: “However, based on the research literature, contrary to the common notion that people often […]

Health officials set to release a list of drugs everyone on Earth should be able to access

STAT News quoting Richard Laing, School of Public Health “Once every two years, the World Health Organization releases a list of medications it thinks should be available, if needed, to all the people of the Earth…” Expert quote: “It was the concept that some medicines were more essential than others, which meant that some medicines […]