The Short List No. 2

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This week, on The Short List No. 2 ... 

 

1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate college.  Commit to helping create a culture of consent, bystander intervention and survivor support.  Take the pledge over at It's On Us.

 

According to data from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Indiana has a cigarette tax of approximately $0.87 - $1.70.  However, as reiterated by the CDC, states like Indiana that have low cigarette taxes, have some of the highest rates of adult smokers.

Following the law of demand, taxation is the causation factor that increases price, thus resulting in decreased demand.  If the price of a pack of cigarettes were to increase, the law of demand states that the economic curve would shift to the left, ultimately resulting in decreased demand/consumption.

Furthermore, tax increases affect younger age groups more than adults.  Thus, an effective intervention to battle smoking in younger populations.

Read more here ... The Washington Post covers why taxes on cigarettes are the most effective way to decrease smoking and how it's scaring lobbyists for Big Tobacco.

 

After reading published articles by Michael Marmot regarding health disparities, I recently started reading his book, The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World.  One of the most shocking statistics I've read (so far) is that while the United States is considered the land to pursue dreams and freedom, nearly 25% of American children live in poverty (the second highest rate in the world).  Marmot comments on this statistic with, "I challenge my American colleagues: you live in a functioning democracy.  This must be the level of child poverty you want, otherwise you would do something about it".

 

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