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June 2016

90 Days

June 17, 2016 // 4 Comments

The 90-day trial legislation: it had less effect than either side expected, but did do some good. [...]

Selection Gateways

June 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Kids who are likely to try one risky thing are more likely to try other risky things. Figuring out what's a gateway drug is then a bit tougher than you might think. [...]

Soda taxes when store brands exist

June 13, 2016 // 2 Comments

Public health estimates of the effects of soda and fat taxes are massively overestimated. Why? When prices rise, people do more than just buy less of the category. They also change what they buy within a category. A good economist knows this.... [...]

J Jonah Censored

June 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

The lovely folks at Otago’s Public Health department have another great idea. This time, they want an R rating on any TV show where the characters smoke. New Zealand [...]