Public Health News Stories for Week 25

Posted on June 22, 2010



Should Your Neighbor Be Banned From Smoking?
The New York Times (Well Blog), Roni Caryn Rabin, 06/22/2010
Many of us work in smoke-free offices, eat in smoke-free restaurants, even drink in smoke-free bars or outdoor cafes. But if we live in an apartment, should the whole building also be smoke free? In an essay this week in The New England Journal of Medicine, public health and legal experts call for banning smoking in all public housing complexes, even within individual units.

How Do You Recall Tainted Food?
TIME, Claire Suddath, 06/22/2010
You may want to take care before eating Campbell’s SpaghettiOs with meatballs or Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals. Keep your eye out when feeding your cat Iams ProActive Health cat food. And if you’re allergic to nuts, stay away from Kroger brand chocolate ice cream. All of these items are currently the subjects of product recalls.

Should Restaurants Make Health Inspection Grades Visible?
USA Today, Greg Latshaw, 06/20/2010
It’s a Saturday night in Washington, the Capitol rotunda is in view, and you’re walking along the avenue, trying to decide where to eat. Posted outside restaurants’ windows are menus, Zagat ratings and clippings of local newspaper reviews. What’s missing, says D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, is information about the restaurants’ sanitary conditions.