January 2017

King Tobacco

Tobacco continues to pose one of the world’s largest public health challenges, killing 6 million people each year. It is smoked, chewed and otherwise consumed all over the world. With governments and international health organizations stepping up their efforts to curb tobacco use, we wonder: Which country produces more tobacco than any other?

A. United States
B. Brazil
C. India
D. China
E. United Kingdom
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Women and Alcohol

Alcohol is the leading cause of death for women ages 15-24 in the developed world. While this fact also applies to men, women actually appear to face greater risks. We wonder: Why are public health officials increasingly concerned about women’s alcohol consumption?

A. Women do more binge consumption than in the past
B. Women’s bodies deal differently with alcohol than men’s
C. Women face differing long-term health-risks than men
D. All of the above
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Opium in Afghanistan: Back to the Future

One of the most intractable problems of the 15-year stabilization efforts led by the U.S. military and its NATO allies in Afghanistan is the production of opium. We wonder: Which of the following statements about Afghanistan’s opium trade in the period after the U.S. invasion is true?

A. Opium is a major revenue stream for the Taliban.
B. The amount of land used for opium cultivation has decreased.
C. Overall opium production has fallen.
D. Elimination campaigns have ended the flow of Afghan heroin to North America.
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The Recycling King

Recycling was initially popularized during World War II’s resource shortages. It then returned on the global agenda in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the emerging environmental movement and to deal with the energy crisis. We wonder: Which of the following countries recycles the greatest share of its waste?

A. United States
B. Italy
C. Germany
D. Japan
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