Raising NYC cigarette prices will ignite illegal street sales

The New York City Council’s Health Committee is scheduled to review a series of bills designed to curb smoking on April 27. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced several proposals this month, including a plan to raise the base price of a pack of cigarettes to $13, the highest in the nation. Don Kenkel, professor of […]

Cornell conference tackles sustainable energy, food and urbanization

WHAT: Sustainability in Asia: collaboration for research and implementation WHEN: Friday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. WHERE: Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong MEDIA: Media members are asked to RSVP to Rebecca Valli in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-7701 or rv234@cornell.edu.   HONG KONG – As the world grapples […]

Pioneering program paves way for world-class medicine to reach Upstate patients

New York State grant helps fund launch of primary care rural residency program ITHACA, N.Y. – Sometimes, Dr. Michael Berlin bumps into his patients in the supermarket. It’s a perk of community medicine – or as he calls it, “old school medicine” – that attracted him to Ithaca’s Cayuga Medical Center, where he is a […]

New polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling

When Geoffrey Coates, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, gives a talk about plastics and recycling, he usually opens with this question: What percentage of the 78 million tons of plastic used for packaging – for example, a 2-liter bottle or a take-out food container – actually gets recycled and re-used […]

Affordable Care Act repeal threatens access to preventive care

John Cawley, co-director of Cornell University’s Institute on Health Economics and an expert on the economics of risky health behaviors, studied the impact of the Affordable Care Act on preventive care and found that one of the more controversial features of the law – state-level expansions of Medicaid – improved preventive care among low-income Americans, […]

Cancelled climate conference casts dark clouds

Michael Hoffmann, professor of entomology and a fellow at Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, says cancelling conferences such as the CDC’s Climate and Health Summit negates a democratic and transparent process essential to science. Bio: https://entomology.cals.cornell.edu/people/michael-hoffmann   Hoffman says: “President Trump and his ‘climate change denier cabinet’ seem to be casting a dark […]

Anti-vaping warnings drive people back to tobacco

Donald S. Kenkel, professor of public health economics at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, studies the effects of cigarette taxes, tobacco regulations and antismoking advertisements on public health. Kenkel says that while the public should be informed about the dangers of e-cigarettes, research suggests that such warnings may encourage more people to smoke tobacco. […]

New and improved kale varieties coming to a store near you

Media note: Photos of some of the new varieties of kale along with the researchers’ favorite kale recipe can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Kale ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University program is reimagining kale – its color, shape and even flavor – in a bid to breed the naturally biodiverse vegetable for consumer satisfaction. Traits of […]

Soda tax fizzles out without education

This week, Cook County, Illinois passed a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages just days after voters in four cities – San Francisco, Oakland, Albany California and Boulder Colorado – approved such taxes at the polls. Cornell University economist John Cawley has studied the effectiveness of soda taxes in Berkeley, California and says that while cities […]

Soda tax falls flat

ITHACA, N.Y. – Four cities will be voting Nov. 8 on whether to tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Some proponents say the taxes would raise prices by exactly the amount of the tax, encouraging consumers to cut down on soda and improve their health. But research shows that prices might rise by only half […]