Public Health Law Blog Archive

Sep 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Towards Evidence-Based Policy in Drug Misuse

posted on Thu, Sep 19 2013 10:46 am by Corey Davis

U.S. drug policy has long focused on criminalization and other forms of punishment, rather than proved medical and public health approaches. While drug policies will continue to focus on criminalization, there are also recent advancements in drug policies that are using science-based plans to reduce drug use and its consequences.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Public Health Q&A: Regulating Bisphenol A (BPA)

posted on Wed, Sep 18 2013 1:41 pm by The Network National Coordinating Center

Leila Barraza, Deputy Director at the Network’s Western Region authored “A New Approach for Regulating Bisphenol A (BPA) for the Protection of the Public's Health," exploring the health risks and current regulations to BPA, a chemical agent found in many everyday products, including canned goods and plastic food containers, in a recent issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. In this Q&A, she gives an introduction to her article and how it addresses a critical public health issue.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Addressing Gaps in Tobacco Regulation

posted on Mon, Sep 16 2013 2:38 pm by Desmond Jenson, J.D.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate all tobacco products. However, the agency only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco, as mandated by Congress leaving alternative tobacco products, including little cigars and e-cigarettes, with fewer restrictions. The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium filed a Citizen Petition that asks the FDA to address these gaps in tobacco regulation.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Education is Key to Increasing Rates of Breastfed Infants

posted on Tue, Sep 10 2013 11:54 am by Leila Barraza

Nursing an infant is not without its challenges, but working nursing moms face the unique challenge of providing breast milk to their nursing infant during the work day. New legal protections under the Affordable Care Act and other laws that reduce barriers to breastfeeding may help.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Health and Transportation: Legal Gaps in Addressing Pedestrian Fatalities

posted on Wed, Sep 4 2013 1:13 pm by Ed Christopher

An analysis conducted in April reviewed 434 traffic-related pedestrian deaths in the past five years in the San Francisco Bay Area found one-third of pedestrians were legally in a crosswalk when struck by a car. According to the report, 60 percent of the drivers who hit those pedestrians faced no criminal charges, even when they were found or suspected to be at fault.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Food Trucks and Fruit Carts: How Mobile Vending Can Create Greater Access to Healthy Foods

posted on Tue, Sep 3 2013 11:49 am by Song Choi Betzler

With its greater flexibility, mobile vending can go beyond bringing tasty meals to office parks — it can be a tool to bring healthy food options and increase access to healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods.

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