Tagged: Youth

NEWS: Netflix to Reduce On-Screen Smoking

Netflix has pledged to reduce the number of occasions where actors use tobacco products in its original programmes. This was after a study suggested that smoking on the streaming service’s programmes had contributed to a rise in on-screen smoking more widely…

BLOG: Big Alcohol Wants Youth To Avoid Hangover: A New Strategy Of Pushing Alcohol Culture On Youth

Young people are consuming less alcohol and choosing an alcohol-free lifestyle more. So why is Big Alcohol shifting the focus on “hangovers”?
This blog post dissects a new campaign of multinational alcohol giant Diageo together with MTV International supposedly about promoting “responsible” alcohol use and avoiding “hangovers”.
But the campaign actually contains a number of elements and tactics that undermine prevention and understanding of the real effects of alcohol…

NEWS: Eastern Europe, Central Asia: WHO Urges to Limit Digital Marketing of Unhealthy Products

In a press conference, WHO urged countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to limit digital marketing of unhealthy products to children. The Russian version of the report “Monitoring and restricting the digital marketing of unhealthy products to children and adolescents” was launched on 27 May 2019…

NEWS: France: Understanding Substance Use in Youth

The French Observatory for Drugs and Addiction (OFDT) issued a new report on substance use trends among French youth. Accordingly smoking cigarettes and cannabis is decreasing in popularity while vaping is increasing. Alcohol use, however, is also still popular with French youth. In youth between 15 to 19 years, over half of young boys (50.7%) and 15.5% of young girls engage in the harmful behavior of heavy episodic or binge alcohol use.
19% of deaths in 15 to 19 year old French youth can be attributable to alcohol…

NEWS: New Zealand: Big Alcohol Fails in Schools

Big Alcohol has admitted their programme “Smashed” aimed at alcohol prevention for school kids has not yielded results. The theatre programme “Smashed” has been used in about 30 countries and is currently being piloted in Auckland schools. The plan is to roll it out across the country…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Targets Millennials With “Wellness” Products, Youth-Specific Marketing

Millennials spend less money on alcohol than previous generations, according to an alaysis of the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey.
Millennials are showing trends of reducing or altogether stopping alcohol use. This is specifically true of beer. The trend is in line with millennials switching to a more healthy lifestyle overall. But the alcohol industry is gearing up to capitalize even on this trend – with “new” products and more youth-focused alcohol marketing…

REPORT: Neurobiological Consequences of Adolescent Cannabis Use

About one in five Canadian adolescents (19% of Canadians aged 15-19) uses cannabis. Its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, impulsivity control and motivation, and the research presented suggests cannabis could have long-lasting effects on these…

REPORT: Youth Engagement in Global Health

Achieving the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will not be possible without the meaningful engagement of young people. This commentary explores how the power of youth engagement can be effectively amplified to address the most pressing and interconnected challenges in global health…

NEWS: Australia: Kids Can’t Avoid Alcohol Ads

Kids are forcefully exposed to alcohol ads everywhere in Australia because of weak alcohol marketing regulation. Reportedly, kids see these ads in school buses, in front of primary schools and before children’s videos on Youtube. A report found almost two-thirds of complaints made to the AARB over the past seven years had raised concerns about the placement of alcohol marketing in Australia…

REPORT: Assessing Campus Alcohol Policies

Campus Alcohol Policies (CAPs) are an important element in reducing negative consequences of alcohol consumption on college campuses. A higher level of research scrutiny is warranted to understand the extent to which CAPs are associated with excessive alcohol use, but this research describes an evidence‐ and expert‐informed assessment approach that colleges can use to regularly analyze and update their CAPS…