Category: Tobacco


NACCHO Issues Sign-on Opportunity Supporting Ban of Flavored E-Cigarettes

This week, the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) released a sign-on opportunity for local health departments and officials to support the recently announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to remove non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market in an attempt to curb utilization of the…

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Amid Other State and Federal Actions, Newsom Issues Executive Order Targeting Electronic Cigarette Sales and Use

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order aimed at confronting the growing use of electronic cigarette utilization, particularly among youth and young adults. Flanked by California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) Secretary Mark Ghaly and California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) Director Nicolas Maduros, Governor Newsom announced his intent to…

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Michigan Declares Public Health Emergency, Bans Flavored E-Cigarette Products

On Wednesday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a statewide public health emergency, ordering the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules to ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products. The ban, initiated by the Michigan Chief Medical Executive’s finding that youth vaping constitutes a public health emergency, makes Michigan the…

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CDC Issues Nationwide Health Alert Related to E-Cigarette Products

This morning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide health advisory related to the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary injury associated with use of electronic cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges) containing nicotine or cannabis. The CDC advisory details outbreak background and recommendations for clinicians, public health officials,…

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FDA Report on “The Real Cost” Tobacco Campaign Shows Successes in Youth Smoking Prevention, Public Health Cost Savings

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a report examining“The Real Cost” campaign and its impact on youth tobacco use. “The Real Cost” campaign launched in 2014 to educate at-risk teens about the harmful effect of cigarette smoking and other tobacco products. In a new study published in the American Journal of…

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FDA Proposes New Graphic Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Tobacco Advertisements

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule to require tobacco companies to include graphic warnings on cigarette packages and tobacco advertisements in an attempt to promote greater public understanding of the negative health consequences of smoking. Recall, the photo-realistic images and detailed health warnings were required under the 2009…

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CDC Releases New “Tips From Former Smokers” Media, Resources for Public Health Professionals

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched a new round of media materials from the Tips From Former Smokers, offering a powerful and compelling view into the health consequences of tobacco use. The new media materials include advertisements on national network and cable television, in magazines, and online. The advertisements feature…

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FDA Issues Electronic Cigarette Guidance and Regulations

This week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the release of draft guidance entitled “Modifications to Compliance Policy for Certain Deemed Tobacco Products.” The draft guidance proposes to restrict flavored electronic cigarette sales and ban new flavored cigars from the market. FDA expects manufacturers of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) that…

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CDC Vital Signs Finds Increases in Youth Tobacco Use

This month’s edition of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs publication details increasing tobacco use among youth, largely due to use of electronic cigarettes. The report determines that more than one in four high school students and about one in 14 middle school students in 2018 had used a tobacco…

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CDC Designates 2019 as Year of Tobacco Cessation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has designated 2019 as the Year of Cessation. The Year of Cessation is intended to call attention to opportunities to promote and coordinate key activities related to tobacco cessation. Each quarter throughout the year will feature various themes related to…

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