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February 3rd, 2016 | Pan American Health Association

Films with smoking scenes should be rated “R” to protect children from tobacco addiction

New WHO report shows that tobacco appeared in 44% of all films in Hollywood in 2014. The World Health Organization is calling on governments to assign “R” ratings to movies that portray tobacco use, to reduce the chances of children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.

Movies showing tobacco use have enticed millions of young people worldwide to start smoking, according to the new WHO Smoke-Free Movies Report – From evidence to action, the third edition since its launch in 2009.

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January 29th, 2016 | Kate Hodal | The Guardian

Breastfeeding could prevent 800,000 child deaths, Lancet says

If almost every mother breastfed her children it could prevent more than 800,000 child deaths a year, yet governments are failing to promote and support breastfeeding, with rates remaining far below international targets, new research has found.

Poor government policies, lack of community support and an aggressive formula milk industry mean breastfeeding is not as widespread as it could be, according to a two-part Lancet breastfeeding series published on Thursday.

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January 26th, 2016 | Nurfilzah R | Asian Scientist Magazine

Taiwan Bans Junk Food Marketing To Kids

Aiming to promote healthy eating among children, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) imposed restrictions on junk food advertising and marketing on January 1, 2016, The China Post reported. Furthermore, “snacks, candies, beverages, frozen treats and fast-food” that contain “trans fats, saturated fats, sodium or added sugar” exceeding regulation standards will be targeted by this new move, the FDA said. 

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January 20th, 2016

Direct-to-consumer drug ads increasingly seen as problem

AMA’s vote highlighted growing concerns among health care providers and consumers about the affordability of prescription drugs and whether marketing by drug companies artificially inflates medication costs and pressures providers to prescribe expensive medications when less costly alternatives are available.

In a statement following the vote in November, AMA’s board chair-elect, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, said support for “an advertising ban reflects concerns among physicians about the negative impact of commercially driven promotions and the role that marketing costs play in fueling escalating drug prices.”

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January 20th, 2016 | Layla Eplett | Scientific American

Organically Speaking: The Marketing Language of Organic Food

Foods themselves might be a mouthful but the accompanying language used to describe foods can say a mouthful. Guy Cook, an applied linguist and Professor of Language in Education at King’s College, explains, “We are influenced by what is said about food offered to us, as much as by the food itself.” Part of his research has explored the influence of language in the marketing of organic food.

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