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Society of Behavioral Medicine Position Statement

Transl Behav Med. 2015 Mar;5(1):122-5.
Authors: Buscemi J, Kanwischer K, Becker AB, Ward DS, Fitzgibbon ML.

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) urges policymakers to help prevent childhood obesity by improving state regulations for early care and education (ECE) settings related to child nutrition, physical activity, and screen time. More than three quarters of preschool-aged children in the USA attend ECE settings, and many spend up to 40 h per... more

Appetite. 2015 Jul 1;90:16-22.
Authors: Kong A, Vijayasiri G, Fitzgibbon ML, Schiffer LA, Campbell RT.

Validation work of the Child Feeding Questionnaire (CFQ) in low-income minority samples suggests a need for further conceptual refinement of this instrument. Using confirmatory factor analysis, this study evaluated 5- and 6-factor models on a large sample of African-American and Hispanic mothers with preschool-age children (n=962). The 5-factor model included: '... more

Tob Control. 2015 Jul;24 Suppl 3:iii71-iii75.
Authors: Azagba S, Burhoo P, Chaloupka FJ, Fong GT.

Background: Mauritius has made great strides in adopting evidence-based tobacco control measures, including an increase inits cigarette excise tax and antitobacco mass media (Sponge) campaign. The primary objective of this study is to examine the combined effect of these measures on smoking behaviour. Methods: This study used longitudinal data from the International Tobacco Control... more

Addict Behav. 2015 Feb 18;45:301-308.
Authors: Passarotti AM, Crane NA, Hedeker D, Mermelstein RJ.

Background: Marijuana use is increasingly widespread among adolescents and young adults; however, few studies have examined longitudinal trajectories of marijuana use during this important developmental period. As such, we examined adolescent trajectories of marijuana use and the psychosocial factors that may differentiate individuals who escalate... more

Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2015;36(3):261-77.
Authors: Muramatsu N, Madrigal J, Berbaum ML, Henderson VA, Jurivich DA, Zanoni J, Marquez DX, Madrid KC.

Changes in health care provide unprecedented opportunities for collaboration across research, education, and practice for the common goal of enhancing the well-being of older adults and their caregivers. This article describes how a pilot project, "Promoting Seniors' Health with Home Care Aides," has... more

Tob Control. 2015 Jul;24 Suppl 3:iii41-iii47.
Authors: Shang C, Chaloupka FJ, Fong GT, Thompson M, Siahpush M, Ridgeway W.

Background: Weight concerns are widely documented as one of the major barriers for girls and young adult women to quit smoking. Therefore, it is important to investigate whether smokers who have weight concerns respond to tobacco control policies differently than smokers who do not in terms of quit attempts, and how this difference varies by gender and country. Objective: This... more

Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Dec;17(12):1482-90.
Authors: Cavazos PA, Krauss MJ, Kim Y, Emery S.

Background: Potential harms associated with hookah smoking are largely unrecognized and it is emerging as a trendy behavior. To help inform policy and preventive interventions, we used responses from a population survey of US adults to examine risk factors associated with hookah involvement. Method: An online survey of 17,522 US adults was conducted in 2013. The nationally representative sample was... more

Front Public Health. 2015 Jan 22;3:8. eCollection 2015.
Authors: Peterson CE, Rauscher GH, Johnson TP, Kirschner CV, Freels S, Barrett RE, Kim S, Fitzgibbon ML, Joslin CE, Davis FG.

This paper examines the effect of neighborhood disadvantage on racial disparities in ovarian... more

J Med Internet Res. 2015 Jan 20;17(1):e12.
Authors: Kornfield R, Smith KC, Szczypka G, Vera L, Emery S.

Background: In March 2012, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the first-ever paid national tobacco education campaign. At a cost of US $54 million, "Tips from Former Smokers" (Tips) ran for 3 months across multiple media, depicting the suffering experienced by smokers and their families in graphic detail. The potential impact and reach of the Tips... more

Am J Public Health. 2015 Mar;105(3):e9-19.
Authors: Guindon GE, Paraje GR, Chaloupka FJ.

We examined the impact of tobacco prices or taxes on tobacco use in Latin America and Caribbean countries. We searched MEDLINE, EconLit, LILACS, unpublished literature, 6 specialty journals, and review references. We calculated pooled price elasticities using random-effects models. The 32 studies we examined found that cigarette prices have a negative and statistically significant effect on cigarette consumption. A change in price is associated with a less than proportional change... more

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