Category Archives: policy

smokers need not apply

Today, the New York Times is reporting that more and more hospitals in the US are using a potential employee’s smoking status as a screening tool.  This is clearly bad news for unemployed smokers looking for work in the health … Continue reading

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New York, New York – banning smoking, everywhere

The smoking ban in New York City, originally implemented between 2002 and 2003 (the Smoke Free Air Act) prohibited smoking in indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars, will now be extended to parks, beaches and Times Square.   Given its low … Continue reading

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carrots, sticks and sermons for the prevention of childhood obesity

I made a post a few weeks ago about the proposed ban on sugary drinks for food stamp users in New York City.  The British Medical Journal has also picked up on this story, and whilst not providing any more … Continue reading

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Weighing in on a proposed soda ban for food stamp users

This article was posted on the New York Times website today and it deals with all the complexities involved in tackling the “obesity epidemic”.  In summary, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seeking to ban the use of food stamps for … Continue reading

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