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Curbing Tobacco Use by Growing Less

UCLA researcher initiates successful crop substitution project in tobacco-rich China

In China, 350 million people smoke. Each year, 1 million die from smoking. Many more become disabled. Approximately 20 million Chinese farmers produce the world’s largest share of tobacco, nearly 40 percent of the global supply.

What is the key to cutting the number of deaths and smoking-related health problems? Convince Chinese farmers to grow some other crop.

Virginia Li, a professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, set out to do just that. She contacted local Chinese agriculture officials in Yunnan Province, where Asia’s largest cigarette manufacturer is located. Li and her local partners designed a tobacco crop–substitution project, the core of which is a farmer-led, for-profit enterprise. (more…)

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‘Angry Online Commenters Can Cause Negative Perceptions of Corporations’

*Organizations should monitor online comments from victims during crises, MU researchers say’

COLUMBIA, Mo. – With the increasing pervasiveness of social media and online communication in the operation of most organizations and corporations, little is known about the potential effects of public expressions of anger displayed throughout various online sources. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that angry user-generated comments on Internet sites can further perpetuate negative perceptions of an organization undergoing the crisis.

Based on her findings, Bo Kyung Kim, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, urges public relations practitioners to consider angry user-generated messages as critical crisis information that has a direct impact on the public in general. She says evaluation is particularly crucial because of how much the public relies on unsubstantiated web-based information. (more…)

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‘Thin May Not be in for African-American Women’

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­—Many women today are dissatisfied with their weight, body shape and size, and often strive to be unrealistically thin.  

A University of Missouri graduate student has found that black women actually differ from white women in their perceptions of the ideal body shape and size.


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