Investigating How Cases Where State Laws Preempt Local Tobacco Laws Impact Adolescent Health

teen boys smoking

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the end of last year 32 U.S. states had laws that preempted more stringent control of tobacco at the local level. A researcher at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health has received a $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policy for Action program to study the impacts of those preemption laws on adolescent health and health disparities.

Suggestions for How to Improve Oversight of Vaccine Medical Exemptions

A Viewpoint published today in JAMA Pediatrics discusses concerns about exploitable loopholes in state vaccination exemption policies. In it, Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Nursing describes a recent high profile case in California. He and his coauthor, Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH of the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health outline more prevention-focused options for structuring and regulating medical and nonmedical vaccination exemption requests.

An Argument in Favor of Influenza Vaccine Mandates for Young Children

Young girl getting an immunization

In a Viewpoint published in JAMA Pediatrics, Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH makes a case for the value of influenza vaccine mandates for children between six months and five years of age, such as the one now in force in New York City (NYC) for children in city-regulated childcare and educational institutions.