Regular smokers in Japan are about to experience a serious hike in the cost of cigarettes. The tax hikes are not intended to be temporary either; if Health Minister Yoko Komiyama is successful the hikes will annually increase by 100 yen ($1.30). The new average for a pack of cigarettes in Japan is 700 yen ($9.13). The assumed intention behind this price increase is to act as a deterrent to smokers, smokers in 2005 cost Japan 4.3 trillion ($56 billion) in medical costs and economic loss. For many Japanese citizens higher cost for such a dangerous habit should act as a catalyst for a healthier lifestyle.
Photo Credit: “Apple juice with 3apples” by Patrick Geltinger
Popular doctor and host of “The Dr. Oz Show”, Dr. Mehmet Oz is being criticized from many, including juice manufacturers for saying on his show almost a third of the apple juice samples his show tested had higher levels of arsenic than is allowed in U.S. drinking water. Continue reading →
Starting today all McDonald’s in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will offer fruit automatically in their Happy Meals as a part of McDonald’s new “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choice”. The initiative is supposed to “help” customers make more nutrition minded choices but I’d say if you chose to go to McDonald’s the first thought on your mind wasn’t nutrition. Continue reading →
Photo Credit: “I couldn’t build a tree house for my son, so I built him a broccoli house instead.” by Brock Davis
Sounds crazy? Who would eat broccoli for desert anyway? Well, I’m not advocating that you do that I just want to share a story.
One day a coworker was telling me about her daughter who spent the day with another relative acting as babysitter. When my coworker asked her daughter what she did all day and if she had fun the little girl replied: Continue reading →
The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.