Category: Tobacco


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This week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the release of draft guidance entitled “Modifications to Compliance Policy for Certain Deemed Tobacco Products.” The draft guidance proposes to restrict flavored electronic cigarette sales and ban new flavored cigars from the market.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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National Study Finds Record Increase in Electronic Cigarette Use Among Teens, Surgeon General Declares Epidemic

On Monday, findings from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, indicated a sharp increase in electronic cigarette use, or vaping, among U.S. teens over the past year. The study, conducted annually, surveys eighth, 10th, and 12th graders about their attitudes and behaviors toward alcohol and other drugs….

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UC Merced Invites LHD Participation on Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center Advisory Group

University of California, Merced was recently awarded a grant from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) to establish the Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC). The NCPC is the first tobacco policy center to be designated by the TRDRP and is charged with focusing on challenges facing rural and underserved areas of California. As part…

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Healthy People 2020 Announces Webinar on Environmental Quality and Health

Healthy People 2020 recently announced that it will be holding a webinar to learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Environmental Quality Leading Health Indicators on Thursday, March 22 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am. The webinar will specifically highlight the harmful effects of secondhand smoke exposure and showcase innovations in eliminating…

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