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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 January 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Ad campaigns that provide personal testimonials, relatable narratives, and captivating images succeed in stemming epidemics of addiction among teenagers. The Truth Initiative’s anti-smoking campaign has helped to dram...

U.S. News & World Report

Lauren Katims

30 April 2019

Laguna Beach, California, United States

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As illnesses associated with vaping continue to be on the rise, schools in California are tackling the problem through peer-to-peer educational campaigns, anti-vaping curriculums and research papers. For the most part...

NH-PBS

Jennifer Rooks

17 January 2019

New Hampshire, United States

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Across New Hampshire, youth are leading the fight against substance abuse. Programs like Dover’s Youth-to-Youth, Stand Up Sachems, Youth Leadership Through Adventure, and the Making it Happen Coalition, are all youth-...

CalMatters

Matt Levin

24 October 2018

California, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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Cases of lung cancer dropped in California after the state implemented “early and aggressive anti-smoking initiatives.” By targeting younger communities, taxing cigarettes and starting a tobacco control program, not o...

Christian Science Monitor

David Karas

14 October 2018

United States

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Activists hope to reduce the number of young smokers by raising the legal smoking age to 21. Instead of working for a national change, they're tackling the issue one small town at a time.

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

19 September 2018

Colorado, United States

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With a new prescribing protocol in place, drug store pharmacists can prescribe anti-smoking medications. People often visit a pharmacy more than their doctor, and the new protocol allows greater access to necessary me...

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Martha Lane Fox

25 January 2017

Australia

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Tough laws, taxes, and a public information campaign helped cut Australia’s adult smoking rate in half. The country leads the world in these efforts, including being the first to require plain tobacco packaging in 201...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

5 July 2016

United Kingdom

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During the twentieth century, imagery on cigarette packs communicated that smoking was cool and young, and it encouraged young people, as well as adults, to smoke. In 2012, Australia started “unbranding the pack,” whi...

Al Jazeera

Farrah Jarral

4 July 2016

Massachusetts, United States

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One of the hardest problems in tackling addiction is understanding how to approach it. In this video a University of Massachusetts psychiatrist is implementing mindfulness tools as a way to steer the brain away from a...

The New York Times

Aaron E. Carroll

6 July 2015

United States

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Many Americans have unhealthy habits which increase their likelihood of getting sick at the cost of taxpayer dollars. Paying people to drop their unhealthy habits has been proven to be an effective way to keep people ...

Los Angeles Times

Noam N. Levey

19 March 2014

Bangor, Maine, United States

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Northern Maine is home to some of America's poorest - but it ranks high on national measures of health. Hospital programs visit more patients in their homes where they can be more comfortable and receive everything th...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 August 2012

Florida, United States

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smok...

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