Can "Sin Taxes" Cut Bad Health?

Table of Contents


  • Childhood ADHD, adult crime linked
  • Patients arriving too late for stroke drug
  • Many mothers-to-be open to HIV counseling
  • Surgery residents satisfied, stressed about future
  • Spinal agent is linked to complications, expense
  • Waiting, waiting for hospital emergency room care
  • Wide racial gap identified in hospitalization


The debate over soft drinks intensifies as policymakers consider increased levies.

  • Ad for the Center for Consumer Freedom
  • Ursula Bauer, Ph.D. '95, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola Co., in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal
  • Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale
  • Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Susan Neely, president and CEO of the American Beverage Association
  • President Barack Obama in an interview with Men's Health magazine
  • Ad for Americans Against Food Taxes

Lifestyle Levies

Do "sin taxes" result in better health choices — and should government be in the business of policing diet and lifestyles?

Communicating health

An advisory about antidepressants and pediatric suicidality demonstrates the challenges of accurately informing the public.

A conversation with Ursula Bauer

Taxing tobacco - Ursula Bauer, an architect of New York's steep tobacco "sin tax," believes that such levies are an important and effective weapon in the campaign for better health.

Russia's "unchecked" epidemic

A public health professor widely versed in Russia's dual epidemics — illegal drugs and AIDS — turns his focus to policy responses in the city of St. Petersburg.

Desperately seeking soda

Will banning school vending machines help reduce childhood obesity?

A return to China

A scholarship allows Heping Zhang to conduct research on two continents and help train a new generation of scientists.

Founding family visits YSPH

Descendants of school's original benefactor impressed by "extraordinary place of learning."


  • Hands-on public health
  • Reading palms


  • Health without reservation
  • Alumni News
  • Alumni Day

YSPH Notes

  • Downs fellows reflect on research abroad
  • Public health expert shares insight on community care
  • Fletcher wins health economics prize
  • City residents surveyed about their health, habits
  • Professor appointed to global HIV research agency
  • Professor emerita receives achievement award
  • Researcher named top editor of scientific journal
  • Museum exhibit explores infectious diseases
  • Magazine names Mayne Researcher of the Year
  • Students awarded for commitment to health
  • Researcher testifies before President's Cancer Panel
  • An evening of poetry for a good cause
  • Tick research presented at international conference
  • OCH pursues research with (not on) local residents
  • Dean Cleary named chair of HIV committee
  • YSPH students appear on Jeopardy!, Millionaire
  • Challenges of climate change, public health outlined
  • Minority students learn about careers in public health
  • New book explores health, social justice



Serum bank gathered samples from Peace Corps, military recruits



YSPH students seek mosquito larvae over fun, sun in Caribbean