Academic Corner

Tingzhong Yang--How to understand occasional smoking2011-01-10

Although most smokers smoke every day, some smokers smoke only occasionally, that is, on some days. According to Saul Shiffman, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh who specializes in studying occasional smokers, occasional smoking is increasing. While the overall number of smokers in the United S...[ more >> ]

Tingzhong Yang--Health warnings and tobacco control2011-01-05

Contrast to western culture, the individual behavior among Chinese population is largely dependent on the collective consciousness. Perhaps most central to Chinese culture is the value of family to the individual as well as to Chinese society. Family values emphasize the collective quality in the nature of the individual's...[ more >> ]

Simon Chapman--Tobacco display bans and supermarket “prime real estate”2010-12-16

A couple of years ago, I read an article that demystified how and where products are displayed in supermarkets. It described in great detail the bidding process between brands for prime placement, and how virtually no placement is random. Supermarkets charge a premium to be at eye level, at the entrance, and at ends of the...[ more >> ]

Simon Chapman--Tobacco display bans and supermarket “prime real estate”

Simon Chapman--Time to end smoking break exceptionalism2010-01-12

It's about time smokers' breaks were curtailed to be the same as other workers - not whenever they feel the urge. Photo: Rodger Cummins Many jobs require us to suspend various civil liberties during work hours: being at your desk to answer calls, wearing uniforms, greeting customers with mandatory inanities. But ever...[ more >> ]

Simon Chapman--Time to end smoking break exceptionalism
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