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Tobacco, diabetes, seniors and crime

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March 07, 2007
Ban aims to curb young smokers
Diabetes on the rise
Seniors less likely crime victims

Ban aims to curb young smokers
A ban on tobacco product displays in places where tobacco is accessible by youths under 19 could help curb use among younger smokers, says SFU marketing professor Lindsay Meredith. He says brand packaging can spark tobacco sales. Meanwhile, SFU’s Health and Counselling Centre is undertaking an initiative to learn more about tobacco use on campus. Students from the university’s Master of Public Health program are investigating the topic. Tara Black, associate director of health promotion and prevention, can elaborate on the initiative.

Lindsay Meredith, 604.291.5554;
Tara Black, 604.291.4587,

Diabetes on the rise
The rapid rise of diabetes, as shown in a study by the Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences, suggests that the looming burden on our health care system will arrive much sooner than expected, says SFU kinesiologist Diane Finegood. Over the past two decades type 2 diabetes has increased by 150 per cent. Finegood, who is the scientific director for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes says, “we must do more to find effective prevention and treatment strategies.”

Diane Finegood, 604.291.3319; 604.268.6598

Seniors less likely crime victims
Canada's seniors are less likely to be the victims of violence and property crimes than younger people, according to a new report on crimes against seniors and their fear of crime. Robert Gordon, director of SFU’s School of Criminology, says increased public and professional awareness of senior abuse and neglect, the availablity of intervention services (including legislation such as the B.C. Adult Guardianship Act, which Gordon had a hand in drafting) and the willingness of the police and crown to take abuse and neglect seriously have all impacted seniors’ crime rates. Gordon is also an associate member of SFU’s  gerontology department..

Robert Gordon, 604.291.4305, 604.418.6640 (cell),