FDA To Regulate Flavors, Menthol In Tobacco Products

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FDA Commissioner Proposes New Steps To Protect Youth By Scott Gottlieb, M.D., FDA Commissioner  As a physician who cared for hospitalized cancer patients, I saw first-hand the devastation that smoking-related diseases had wrought on the lives of patients and their families, and dedicated myself to helping ease this suffering. As a cancer survivor myself, I

Vaping Contributing To Smoking, Addiction Among Teens

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Report Fails To Call Vaping Safe By Sheila Kaplan, New York Times A national panel of public health experts concluded in a report released on Tuesday that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who use the devices may be put at higher risk of switching to traditional smoking. Whether

Teen Smoking, E-Cigarette Use Down

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About 4 Million U.S. Teens Already Hooked On Nicotine By Salynn Boyles, MedPage Today Use of all tobacco products, including conventional and electronic cigarettes, declined among U.S. teens last year, according to the latest national survey data from the CDC. Cigarette smoking among middle school and high school students continued a two-decade decline, falling to the

Tobacco Company Documents Explain Marketing Strategy

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Targeting the Young, Poor, Black and Stupid Tobacco kills approximately six million people around the globe every year, including 443,000 Americans. Unchecked, tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than eight million a year by 2030, and 80 percent of those deaths will occur in the developing world. Ironically, you won’t find many tobacco executives who

E-Cigarettes Take Hit From Surgeon General

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Vaping Not A Safer Way To Consume Nicotine The surgeon general on Thursday called the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes among youth “a major public health concern,” saying that while more research needs to be done on its potential harms, policymakers should take strong action to keep the products out of the hands of the nation’s young people. “We know

Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth

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All Tobacco Products Unsafe Tobacco use is started and established primarily during adolescence. Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first lit up by age 18, and 99 percent first tried smoking by age 26. Each day in the United States, more than 3,800 youth aged 18 years or younger smoke their first cigarette, and an

Hawaii Raises Age Level For Smokers

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Underage Smokers Face Fines Starting next year, Hawaii will become the first state in the nation to ban smoking for people under 21. Gov. David Ige (D) signed the historic legislation on Friday, which imposes fines on underage smokers and those who provide them with tobacco products. Blame e-cigarettes. Hawaii’s lawmakers are alarmed at the

Teens Underestimate Dangers Of E-Cigarettes

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Sucking In Teens With Tobacco Toys E-cigarettes look high tech, so it’s easy to believe that they’re a safe alternative to smoking. E-cigarettes are just another way of putting a highly addictive drug into your body. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices often designed to look and feel like regular cigarettes. They use cartridges filled

John Oliver Tackles Big Tobacco

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Comedian Makes Fun Of Insane Tobacco Policies John Oliver turned his wit and ire toward the tobacco companies recently. He skewered both politicians and tobacco executives about the insanity of statements and policies. Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are

E-Cigarettes Like Selling Candy To Teens

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E-Cigarettes Hooking Teenage Smokers Use of the devices among middle- and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to federal data released on Thursday, bringing the share of high school students who use them to 13 percent — more than smoke traditional cigarettes. About a quarter of all high school students and 8