In a first-of-its-kind study, a team led by Sherry Emery explores how different groups are exposed to and interact with media messages about electronic nicotine-delivery systems, including e-cigarettes.
New research by Frank Chaloupka and colleagues indicates e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems are widely available near schools and suggests policies that could impact their use among youth.
Commercial accounts generated ninety percent of messages about electronic cigarettes on the social site popular among youth and minorities, found Jidong Huang and colleagues in IHRP’s Health Media Collaboratory.
Ten more states partly addressed at least one of the 18 provisions of the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School guidelines, found Jamie Chriqui and colleagues. States were more likely to meet standards for drinks than for snacks. No state met all of the guidelines, which go into effect July 1.
Months before gunshots are heard in a neighborhood, residents often spot signs of trouble. David Henry and colleagues are testing new ways of using community members' observations to identify when and where to intervene with violence prevention.
Most public schools provided free drinking water to their students at lunchtime in compliance with a federal rule to fight obesity, found Lindsey Turner and Bridging the Gap colleagues. Students in some schools reported concerns about water quality and the cleanliness of drinking fountains, however.
Counter to concerns raised by the beverage industry, if soda taxes were implemented, overall employment would rise slightly, according to an economic model of the effects in Illinois and California by Lisa Powell and colleagues.
More than 84 percent of food and beverage ads seen by children, ages 2 to 11, on all TV programming were for products high in fat, sugar or salt, found Lisa Powell and colleagues. During children’s shows, the nutritional content of advertised products was worse.
Higher physical activity levels were found among more eighth-grade girls in states where laws mandate PE for a minimum amount of time every day or week than in states that don’t, found the Bridging the Gap research team.