Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jun 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court Decision

posted on Fri, Jun 29 2012 8:24 am by Corey Davis

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the Supreme Court has upheld nearly all of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is a huge win for public health.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Diesel Fumes, Cancer and the Law

posted on Thu, Jun 21 2012 9:35 am by Corey Davis

If you needed another reason to avoid breathing diesel fumes, the World Health Organization (WHO) has just provided one. Based on the recommendation of an expert panel and evidence from a number of studies, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer recently declared that diesel fumes cause cancer.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

States Learn How they Rank on Safety

posted on Wed, Jun 13 2012 4:05 pm by Andrea Gielen

Although I have worked in the injury prevention field for almost three decades, there are still far too many occasions when I’ve had to explain to people what that is and why it is relevant to public health. Imagine my joy when on May 22nd of this year, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) issued a landmark report, The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Removing Menthol from Cigarettes

posted on Mon, Jun 11 2012 11:33 am by Joelle Lester

June marks three years since President Obama signed the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act into law, giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco products. The Act states that cigarettes cannot contain characterizing flavors such as fruit, spice, candy and coffee.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Child Obesity and Parental Rights

posted on Wed, Jun 6 2012 9:39 am by Dan Orenstein

The United States faces a major public health crisis in the form of an obesity epidemic. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 60 percent of all U.S. adults are now considered obese or overweight. Perhaps even more alarming is the skyrocketing rate of childhood obesity.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Why Health Scientists Need Legal Knowledge

posted on Mon, Jun 4 2012 2:16 pm by Jenna Ventresca


As health science students and public health department employees find their niche in the educational setting and workplace, there tend to be fewer opportunities to learn about the intermingling of health science and law. This divide has only become more apparent as I reflect on my experience as a health science student, as a Public Health Department intern and now as a first-year law student.  

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