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 […]

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. […]

Teens light up cigarettes to slim down

ITHACA, N.Y. – Many doctors and public health experts assume that people smoke cigarettes simply because they’re addicted to the nicotine. But a Cornell University researcher and his colleagues have found that overweight and obese teens light up for a different reason: to lose weight. Among U.S. teens who are frequent smokers, 46 percent of […]

Inequality expert calls public housing smoking ban ‘misdirected energy’

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary has proposed a rule to require more than 3,100 public housing agencies across the country to implement smoke-free policies in their developments. Jamila Michener, an assistant professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University whose research focuses on poverty and racial inequality in […]

New ban means E-cigarettes should go up in smoke in LA

Jeff Niederdeppe, a communication professor at Cornell University who studies health messaging – specifically how media, marketing and warning messages on tobacco products impact sales to youth – comments on how Los Angeles’ decision to ban e-cigarettes in many public spaces will help stop the glamorization of e-cigarette use. Niederdeppe says:  “The Los Angeles City […]