References to smoking, drinking and drug use in movies and music have a significant influence on teens’ decisions to start using these substances. Exposure to this content makes teens more likely to use, and to use more. In a 2012 report, the Surgeon General concluded that “there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and the initiation of smoking among young people.” And yet, movie companies continue to depict smoking in G, PG and PG-13 films.
In partnership with Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health, I am pleased to announce on behalf of CASAColumbia, the formation of a new research and policy center, set to be the preeminent resource for the study of addiction. This collaboration will establish a center of excellence in New Haven, Connecticut that will connect experts on substance abuse research, public policy and education across these two distinguished organizations.
In January, Anheuser-Busch, makers of the popular beer Bud Light, debuted an app for mobile devices called Bud Light Button, which promises delivery of Bud Light to your home in under an hour if you live in Washington D.C. The app is also linked to the company’s national “Up for Whatever” campaign, a sweepstakes with a range of prizes like a DJ and sound system delivered with your beer.
Over a quarter of underage youth in New York City have consumed alcohol in the past month, and while their most common method of obtaining alcohol is getting it from other people, the second most common is purchasing it themselves. In an effort to combat this problem, the New York City Department of Health (DOH) launched an initiative through the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to conduct an undercover investigation of New York City stores.
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