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After Bloomberg: what’s next for public health?

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 18 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6322
  1. Edward Davies, US news and features editor
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New York City has long been a world leader. From fashion and finance to the cronut—the surely epoch defining combination of croissant and donut—where the city leads, the world often follows.

Over the past decade, it has also become an unassailable global leader in public health. Under the mayorship of Michael Bloomberg, following the bans on smoking in public places and trans fats in restaurant foods, came 200 miles of cycle lanes, a bike share scheme, and 500 “Green Cart” permits for mobile fruit and vegetable vendors. …

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