Category: Tobacco


FDA Proposes Rules Prohibiting Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled two proposed product standards to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and to prohibit all characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in cigars. According to the FDA, these actions have the potential to significantly reduce disease and death from combusted tobacco product use, the…

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FDA Issues Decisions on Electronic Cigarette Products

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a series of actions as part of its work to ensure any electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products available on the market have demonstrated that marketing of the products is appropriate for the protection of public health. The FDA authorized several tobacco-flavored ENDS products from Logic…

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CDC Finds Decreases in Adult Tobacco Use

The most recent findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicate decreases in the use of commercial tobacco products overall, combustible tobacco products, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and two or more tobacco products among U.S. adults from 2019 to 2020. Despite these decreases, however, nearly one in five…

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CDC Releases Youth Tobacco Survey Results

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) this week, finding that approximately 2.55 million U.S. middle and high school students report current (past 30-day) use of a tobacco product in 2021. The NYTS was conducted among U.S. middle and high school students…

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CDC Tips From Former Smokers Returns with New Advertisements

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, this week unveiled a series of new advertisements encouraging people who smoke to quit. The campaign has had significant and sustained impact over the past decade, helping more than one million U.S. adults quit smoking. The Tips…

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Yes to Protect Kids Launches Campaign on Flavored Tobacco Ban Referendum

The “Yes to Protect Kids” Coalition on Thursday launched its statewide campaign to keep children safe and healthy by ending the sale of candy-flavored tobacco and nicotine products. Numerous California officials, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, and Board of Equalization Chair Malia Cohen, spoke during the campaign launch, highlighting the dangers…

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New Smokeless Oral Tobacco Products Cleared by FDA

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has authorized the marketing of four new oral tobacco products manufactured by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, LLC under the brand name of Verve. The products were reviewed under the agency’s premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) process in which the agency must determine whether the…

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FDA Approves First E-Cigarette for Tobacco Cessation Use

In the first authorization of its kind, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced it has authorized the marketing of three new electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products through the FDA’s Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) pathway. The FDA granted marketing approvals to R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company for its Vuse Solo ENDS…

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