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    David B. Resnik

    • Charging Smokers Higher Health Insurance Rates: Is it Ethical?

      Posted on September 19, 2013

      Smoking-related illnesses cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars a year in health care expenditures and lost productivity, and claim hundreds of thousands of lives.” Given the enormous medical and economic toll of smoking, it is not surprising that 58 percent of Americans favor charging smokers higher rates for health insurance to provide them with… Read more

    • A More Ethical Strategy Against Obesity: Changing the Built Environment

      Posted on February 25, 2013

      Since the 1960s, obesity has become one of the most significant health problems in industrialized nations. In the U.S., the percentage of obese adults increased from 13 percent in the 1960s to 32 percent in 2004. According to some estimates, 41 percent of U.S. adults will be obese by 2015 and 75 percent will be overweight or obese. The… Read more

    • Bioethics and Global Climate Change

      Posted on May 24, 2007

      In the past two decades, the scientific community has reached an overwhelming consensus that human activities are causing changes to the global climate. Increased levels of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases in the last century have raised temperatures around the planet, as receding glaciers, melting icecaps, and record-breaking heat waves give evidence. Unless… Read more