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Sugar as a Battleground

The effects of the use of sugar on people’s health remains a very contentious issue. We wonder: Which of the following statements are true about the public health debate on sugars?

A. The sugar industry has a lot of influence
B. Consumers are shifting toward healthier foods
C. Consumers still consume too much sugar
D. Taxing sugar is complicated
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Ranking Russia

Russia’s population is the world’s ninth-largest. At 143 million, Russia has about 13% more people than 10th-ranked Japan. We wonder: On which of the following categories does Russia rank first worldwide?

A. Cigarette consumption
B. Defense spending
C. Immigrants
D. Tourism
E. Natural gas reserves
F. Land area
G. Anti-corruption
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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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The War on Opium

Opiates, scientifically speaking, are compounds that occur naturally in opium poppy plants. Opioids, by contrast, are synthesized compounds derived from opium, which can also be addictive. We wonder: Which of the following countries has the largest share of its population using opioids?

A. United States
B. Iran
C. Russia
D. Afghanistan

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Eradicating Polio During War

Polio was a global scourge as recently as three decades ago. Since then, it has been on the decline worldwide. Polio has now been eradicated in the wild from all but two countries. We wonder: Which countries still have not halted transmission of polio from the wild?

A. Afghanistan
B. Pakistan
C. Iraq
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Thank You For Not Smoking

In some countries, cigarettes are going the way of silent films. In others, smoking is catching on like wildfire. We wonder: What policies does the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend as effective anti-tobacco tools?

A. Higher tobacco taxes
B. Health warnings and marketing restrictions
C. More restraint in trade agreements
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