NEWS: Corporate Consumption Complex Controls Much Of Consumer “Choices”

Corporate Consumption Complex Controls Much Of Consumer “Choices” A handful of multibillion-dollar corporations control everything from what people eat to how they dress, to what they consume in terms of alcohol – in the industrialized world. The Business Insider shares some charts on what it calls: … the “illusion of choice” [which] has become an… Read more »

REPORT: Maternal Substance Use During Pregnancy And Offspring Conduct Problems

The researchers’ meta-analyses support an association between smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy, and offspring conduct problems, yet do not resolve causality issues given potential confounding by genetic factors, gene-environment interactions, and comorbidity such as with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders…

NEWS: UK: Increasing Substance Use As Coping Mechanism

When the baby boomers were young, alcohol was marketed as a key part of a glamorous life and health risks were not as well known. Of additional concern is the increasing proportion of women using alcohol later in later life – after an onslaught of alcohol industry marketing trying to convert women to consumers…

NEWS: Thailand: Excise Tax Overhaul Affects Alcohol

The new excise tax will mark a substantial change in how Thailand computes taxes for products such as vehicles, alcohol, cigarettes, non-alcoholic drinks, batteries, crystal glass and air conditioners. The system replaces the existing ex-factory prices and cost, insurance and freight (CIF) values with suggested retail prices. The Excise Department hopes that the new basis will create a fairer system for manufacturers and importers after the revelation that some businesses were exploiting ex-factory and CIF values to understate their tax bills…

REPORT: Preventing NCDs With Integrated, Life-Cycle Approach In Maternal And Child Health Services

Maternal and child health service programmes across the reproductive health life-cycle are strongly positioned to play an important role in NCD prevention given early life influences on NCD risks and outcomes. Many non-health sectors can impact NCD risk, and the SDG’s emphasis on multisectorality supports the consideration of NCD risk reduction in many different sectoral programmes…