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Want People to Drink Less? Make Cigarettes More Expensive
   2014-10-28 20:34:50    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fu

"First batch street singers in Shanghai perform with certificate"

Eight street singers in Shanghai have gotten official permission to perform in public places.

They are the first batch of street singers with government permission to perform publically.

Wei Zhi, President of the Shanghai Performance Trade Association said public performances are a unique part of the city landscape, which can be seen in international cities like Paris, New York or Moscow.

However, Wei added that public performances should also be regulated. The association spent one year visiting over 100 street performers and selected eight, which were then given professional training arranged by the association.

The eight singers gave their first public performance last weekend at the city's Kerry Center.

The city is giving the performers a one-month trial period, where the singers must obey government management and carry out performances at specified times and spaces.

"Urbanization increases ill-health in rural areas"

A survey conducted by the Canton Public Research Center shows that the number of villagers suffering deteriorating health due to environmental erosion increased nine percent in Guangdong province last year.

Liu Rongxin, director of the survey department said, "As many as 53 percent of villagers in Guangdong province believed their health had been threatened by the worsening condition of the air and the poor environment."

Liu said that more than 50 percent of the province's villagers believe the province's rural areas are no longer safe to live in.

The survey included interviews with more than 1,500 villagers 16 to 65 years old across the southern province in May.

"Want people to drink less? Make their cigarettes more expensive"

Excessive drinking leads to about 88-thousnad deaths each year in the United States. Cigarette smoking adds another 440-thousand deaths to the tally, mostly due to long-term health problems like cancer.

A new study from the Washington University School of Medicine suggests you could take a bite out of both figures with one simple policy change.

The study concluded that a 10 percent increase in cigarette prices leads to a 5 to 15 percent decrease in teen smoking rates, and a 3 to 7 percent decrease among all adults.

The Washington University study finds that the same 10 percent cigarette price increase also leads to a 1 percent decrease in alcohol consumption.

But the researchers found that, when it comes to tax policy, all drinks aren't created equal: "Strengthening of tobacco policies was associated with reductions in beer and spirits consumption, but not wine. This suggests that smoking and drinking beer are more strongly related than smoking and drinking wine."

"Manipulative parents leave kids in distress later"

A study has found teenagers whose parents exert more psychological control over them have more problems establishing friendships and romantic relationships later in life.

Researchers at the University of Virginia in the US pointed out that parents' psychological control involved tactics like using guilt, withdrawing love, fostering anxiety, or other tactics aimed at controlling youths' motivations and behavior.

A researcher said these tactics might pressure teens to make decisions in line with their parents' needs and motivations rather than their own. Without opportunities to practice self-directed, independent decision-making, teens might give in to their friends' and partners' decisions.



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