In the News Archives

Opinion: The benefits of banning flavored tobacco

A proposal to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products in New York “can help create the first tobacco-free generation and save lives for decades to come, especially among Black New Yorkers,” according to an opinion piece by Mary Bassett and Howard Koh of Harvard Chan School.

The need to improve vaccine equity in Ethiopia

Diseases that are preventable by vaccines are prevalent in low- and middle-income countries. Researchers at Harvard Chan School and their colleagues found that the health costs of treating these diseases disproportionately fall on poor families, emphasizing the need for governments to improve universal access to vaccines.

Protecting against ‘forever chemicals’

The U.S. Environmental Protectional Agency has proposed strict new limits on six types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. Public health experts are positive about the move but say that, ultimately, all types of these toxic chemicals—there are thousands in use—need to be regulated.