We might not have prominent tobacco advertisements like Switzerland but at least we have awful healthcare.

Happening in the World: Swiss citizens will vote today on a law that would ban tobacco advertisements anywhere young people might see it, essentially resulting in a complete ban on such advertisements. While similar laws are already in place around Europe, this law would be a large step for Switzerland which has the laxest regulations on tobacco in Europe. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US will be re-opening an embassy in the Solomon Islands. This decision came as a result of China “aggressively” engaging with political and business leaders on the island. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Mayor Eric Adams announced that those who receive their initial or booster COVID-19 vaccine dose will get a $100 pre-paid cash card. To be eligible for the card, citizens must get vaccinated at a city-run or SOMOS vaccination site, get their shot by February 28, and spend the money by March 31. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: Stop by the Lerner ramps on Valentine’s Day (Monday, February 14) to pick up a valentine, courtesy of Sexual Violence Response. The valentines will feature messages about consent and healthy relationships and are a great way to spread some positivity!

a Swiss person enjoying a cigarette while they can via Flickr