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Public Health and the Press

Posted By Jonathan Noel, Monday, March 10, 2014
Sometimes, I wonder how effective public health issues are at reaching the general population.  Don't get me wrong, our advocacy efforts are amazing and we have had a string of victories over the past few years, from Bisphenol-A in plastics to gun control to bans on the use of tanning salons for minors.  But just because we know an issue is important doesn't mean that the issue will resonate outside the confines of public health.

Well, my faith is restored just a bit.

As part of the Coalition for a Safe & Health Connecticut, CPHA is advocating for HB 5354 – AAC CHEMICALS OF HIGH CONCERN TO CHILDREN and HB 5035 – AAC TOXIC FIRE RETARDANTS IN CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS.  And the press coverage has been...well...a lot.  Surprising even.  I'm far too used to not seeing issues being reported on, gun control notwithstanding.

So here they are.  There may be more.  Hopefully there are more.  And hopefully, this won't be the last time a post like this comes around.

Bill would create list of chemicals harmful to children

New Study On PCBs In Paper, Clothing Raising Legislative Concerns

Connecticut Lawmakers Looking To Protect Children From Toxic Ingredients

New bill could find toxic chemicals in children’s products

Legislature Considering Hazards Of Chemical Exposure Unsafe For Children

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