Seems everyone is calling for “common sense” these days, but apparently it’s not enough to accept what we know. Sometimes we have to “prove it” with research instead of just saying “duh.” And sometimes we just have to find out things the hard way, as the headlines demonstrate:
“Chubby kids get bullied more often”: This latest study confirms other research that chubby children are more likely to be the victims of bullying than normal-weight children. Because somehow there was doubt?
Perhaps some solution-oriented studies (to stop bullying, and to encourage exercise) would be more helpful.
Apparently this study was actually needed, because so many schools have cut P.E. and recess due to “increasing educational demands and tough financial times.” Despite the fact that increased educational demands and tough financial times would increase the need for exercise.
“Goldman Sachs creates committee to review its business practices”: In other news, “Foxes create committee to review hen-house guarding practices.”
“Flavored tobacco pellets are denounced as a lure to young users”: Sadly, another study that is likely needed despite the obvious and despicable tactics of the tobacco industry.
Because selling cigarettes and smokeless tobacco isn’t enough, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco is test marketing Camel Orbs, and other “dissolvable tobacco products,” the New York Times reported.
A study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, says Orbs, which are packaged very much like Tic-Tacs, are made of finely ground tobacco with mint or cinnamon flavoring, and are packed with nicotine. The pellets dissolve in the mouth, like breath mints. Mmmm … cinnamon-flavored dissolving tobacco pellets.
R.J. Reynolds responded by calling the Harvard School of Public Health researchers totally uncool. And repeating that they are just offering choices to adult smokers, who have apparently been clamoring for a candy-like tobacco product.