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Blowing smoke in the face of a ban

On May 20, the European Union (EU) implemented a ban on the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes. Though accounting for only about 5% of cigarettes consumed in the EU, menthol cigarettes have long been a target of regulators who view flavors as a device to attract youth to the habit. While the effect on […]

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The Fragile Nature of Malawi and COVID19

How Malawi can prevent a COVID-19 food crisis The rising number of COVID-19 cases in Malawi could ultimately force officials to institute a lockdown in an attempt to mitigate the burden on the country’s shaky healthcare system. The Ministry of Health has reported more than 3,000 confirmed cases in recent weeks. Although an overly restrictive […]

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“I felt like the sound of a harp:” Humphry Davy’s early work on nitrous oxide

In the early 1800s, enormous crowds would gather to watch the young Humphry Davy (1778–1829) deliver of one his famous chemical lectures at London’s Royal Institution. From his regular inhalation of questionably large volumes of laughing gas to his enormous exploding volcanoes, this young and self-appointed genius did not disappoint. He scandalized the press by […]

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A tale of two smoking studies led by Sir Richard Peto

In 1951, Sirs Richard Doll and Austin Bradford Hill began surveying thousands of doctors to determine the cause of rising lung cancer rates in the United Kingdom. Initial results clearly identified smoking as the culprit; and follow-up studies revealed additional causes of death attributable to the habit. This research galvanized doctors to take concrete actions: […]

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Looking for equity after COVID-19? Prioritize African women.

COVID-19 has presented not only a health crisis, but a burgeoning economic catastrophe as well. A recent McKinsey report notes that in 2020, African economies could experience a catastrophic loss from US$90 billion to US$200 billion, a 3–8% drop in GDP growth, and delayed or reduced foreign direct investment. Such a massive hit will require […]

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