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Marketing to the Youth of America: How Big Tobacco Leveraged Advertising to Reach Young People

In 2018, cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies spent a total of $25 million each day on marketing.[1] Whether you realize it or not, every time you use a social media platform or online search engine, you are being targeted by online advertisements and marketers. Marketing is a powerful tool, and it can be used for

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5 Things Parents of Teenagers Need to Know About Vaping

Almost everyone knows that vaping is not a good thing. Although vaping products can only be sold to people over the age of 21, it has become one of the most popular forms of substance abuse among teenagers and young adults. Between the wide variety of appealing flavors, aggressive marketing, and sleek, easy-to-hide devices, vaping

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Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS: Two Co-Existing Epidemics

In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that leads to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).[1] HIV, is a viral infection that is transmitted via blood and other body fluids, and it is easily passed from one person to the next by needle-sharing and unprotected

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Alabama Needs a New Plan for Tobacco

On November 4, 2015, Alabama’s acting State Health Officer Thomas Miller signed a letter in support of the Alabama State Plan for Tobacco Prevention and Control 2015-2020. The plan is a statewide initiative to reduce the effects of tobacco on the population through media campaigns, organizational partnerships, and policy revisions. In the letter, Dr. Miller

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