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Pulse Nightclub

September 22, 2021 – Northeastern University’s News@Northeastern has published a Spotlight on our UnitedOnGuns Initiative’s Playbook for Mayors Facing Mass Shootings


June 10, 2021 – In new op-ed, Sarah Peck and James Alan Fox look at the lingering trauma 5 years after the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

Reducing Digital Marketing of Infant Formulas
How do marketers identify expectant parents and infant caregivers?
What digital marketing tactics are used to promote infant formula?


PHAI’s Sarah Peck pens 2 op-eds:  (1) supporting a federal “red flag” law and (2) urging a halt to active shooter drills in schools.

Gottlieb pens commentary: How The Opioid Settlement Could Truly Help The Addicted

PHAI team wins $17.5 million verdict in wrongful death of Winston smoker in Massachusetts. See Boston Globe coverage


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PHAI prepares Lawsuit Against Juul Labs to pay for treatment of MA teens who want to quit.

See our Press Release
Coverage by the Boston Globe
and WBUR Boston interview with Mark Gottlieb

PHAI’s Center for Public Health Litigation Announces $113.3 Verdicts in 2 Tobacco Cases in U.S. Virgin Islands


Developing State Policy Recommendations for Safe Drinking Water Procurement in Child Care Centers and Schools

New Lawsuit Alleges Coca-Cola, American Beverage Association
Deceiving Public About Soda-Related Health Problems 

PHAI Supports a Tobacco Free Generation

Recent posts of note:

  1. Reboot: FDA Takes Harm Reduction Approach to Tobacco
  2. No More Heart Health Valentines from Coke – PHAI Investigates Coke’s “Heart Health” Funding
  3. Are Daily Fantasy Sports Illegal Gambling in Massachusetts?
  4. PHAI Submits Comments on Proposed Fantasy Sports Regulations in MA
  5. PHAI Urges HUD to Expand Proposed Smoke-free Public Housing Rule to All HUD-Funded Housing
  6. Coke Struggles to Balance Funding of Favorable Science, Ethical Commitments to Transparency, and a Goal of Transforming the Debate Over Soda and Health
  7. PHAI’s Chris Banthin Quoted in Boston Globe Article on Smokefree Homes
  8. PHAI’s Center for Public Health Litigation Featured in Boston Globe Article
  9. New PHAI study in AJPH focuses on the tobacco industry’s use of personal responsibility rhetoric, how its legal defense strategies inform its public relations messaging
  10. PHAI Takes Cigarette Companies to Court
  11. PHAI’s Gottlieb and Wilking Co-author study in JAMA Pediatrics Showing that Fast Food Giants Confuse and Deceive Kids
  12. Historic $79 Million Cigarette Settlement Signifies Beginning of Wave of Tobacco Cases in Massachusetts
  13. PHAI publishes new resource:;


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