The Public Health Advocacy Institute is a research and advocacy non-profit organization based at Northeastern University in Boston. Our work includes: Litigation for public health; Tobacco policy development; Gun violence prevention; Reducing the harm from predatory gambling; and finding ways to address violence as a public health issue.

PHAI’s Sarah Peck Publishes Op-Ed on Long-Term Impact of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

In an op-ed published today in the Orlando Sentinel, Sarah Peck, director of PHAI’s #UnitedOnGuns initiative along with Northeastern Professor James Alan Fox consider the impact of lingering trauma from the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting, which occurred 5 years ago on June 12, 2016. Peck and Fox note that the psychological toll on survivors, families, first responders, and others […]

PHAI’s Sarah Peck Looks at Suicide Prevention as a Way to Reduce Mass Shootings in Op-Ed

PHAI’s Sarah Peck, director of #UnitedOnGuns, along with James Alan Fox, the Lipman Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University, published an opinion piece in the Mercury News of San Jose, where a tragic public mass shooting at a light rail yard resulted in 10 deaths, including a self-inflicted gunshot wound to […]

After FDA’s Menthol Announcement, PHAI’s Gottlieb and Daynard Consider Next Steps

In an op-ed published today in the Boston Globe, a day in which FDA announced it’s intention to issue regulations to ban menthol cigarettes, PHAI’s executive director and president consider what the next steps in tobacco prevention should be. Gottlieb and Daynard suggest that: The FDA should also remove menthol flavored e-cigarettes from the market.  […]

UnitedOnGuns’ Sarah Peck and Northeastern’s James Alan Fox Consider Federal Policy to Help Mayors Deal with Mass Shootings

In an op-ed published today in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Sarah Peck, director of PHAI’s #UnitedOnGuns initiative along with Northeastern Professor James Alan Fox take a very practical approach to help mayors respond to mass shooting events, which have become all too common. While federal legislation mandating universal background checks and other measures remain trapped […]

E-Cigarette Claims

The epidemic of nicotine vaping has resulted from a massive misrepresentation from the e-cigarette industry.  Individual companies and industry representatives have implied that these products are harmless. That they are cool. That they can help you quit smoking. They have not disclosed that they have been designed to use chemistry, flavor science, and electronics to […]

PHAI Takes Action Against Puff Bar for Violating Massachusetts’ Ban on Flavored e-Cigarettes

CONTACTS: Mark Gottlieb                                                             Meredith Lever (617) 216-0779                                                            (617) 373-8066                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Puff Bar Charged With Violating Massachusetts’ Ban on Flavored e-Cigarettes In direct violation of state law, Puff Bar sells flavored, disposable e-cigarettes that appeal to teens  BOSTON, MA (June 11, 2020) – Today, the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) at Northeastern […]

PHAI’s Sarah Peck pens op-ed urging a stop to active shooter drills in schools

Sarah Peck, Director of PHAI’s #UnitedOnGuns initiative, recently authored an opinion piece published by the South Florida Sun Sentinel entitled: Profiting from protecting kids is wrong. Halt active shooter drills in schools. In it, Ms. Peck raises the concern, shared by many, that active shooter drills in schools can traumatize children.  She notes that 42 […]