News archive - August 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Recreation professor comments on consumer behaviour as running shoe prices climb

Footloose & fanciful: Finding your way through the thicket of $200 shoes

Ben Kaplan, National Post 

With the launch of Nike’s new $300 basketball sneakers, a shoe called the LeBron X Nike Plus, named for NBA basketball player LeBron James, a new threshold has been crossed in sportswear. While the average name-brand running shoe still sits somewhere around $150, it’s an opportune time to examine our relationship with how much we’re willing to spend on a shoe.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Nunavut study investigates influence of tobacco price on smoking behaviour

Increase the cost of cigarettes to snuff out smoking in Nunavut: study

"Price is the single most important influence on tobacco consumption levels, cessation and prevention"

JANE GEORGE

More than two of every three Nunavut Inuit smoke daily despite the increased risks to these smokers of developing tuberculosis, lung cancer and other illnesses, along with the high cost of a daily tobacco habit, which can range up to $6,000 a year for an individual smoker.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Waterloo study finds toys coupled with healthier meals influence food choices

McDonald’s Happy Meals healthy option with toy trumps fries and Coke: University of Waterloo research

Emily Jackson
Staff Reporter, The Star
 

Pokemon and Strawberry Shortcake figurines trump fries and cola when it comes to meal time.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Report highlights success of tobacco control

The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) has launched a new report on the effectiveness of tobacco control policies in Uruguay.

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