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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Youth Vaping Plummets in Wake of Surgeon General's Report

A survey conducted by the Pew Foundation this past weekend found that self-reported rates of youth vaping have dropped sharply following Thursday's release of the Surgeon General's report on e-cigarette use, which, after a 263-page review of the scientific evidence, warned that vaping is "not harmless" and that e-cigarette aerosol is not "just water vapor."


The continuing investigation into the world of e-cigarettes

Just this past week, the FDA postponed a requirement that e-cigarette companies register their products with the agency – meaning that it will be until at least mid-2017 before the FDA even knows what e-cigarette products are being sold. This pattern of delay has put a large number of young people at increased risk.


Study shows effectiveness of testimonial warning labels on tobacco products

A new study [...] found that warning labels featuring photos of real smokers who were harmed by their habit are more effective in getting smokers to quit than the text-only labels currently in use. "Our aim in this study was to find out how smokers respond to cigarette pack warning labels that use photographs of real people [...]


AAFP, Others Applaud Surgeon General's Report on E-Cigarettes

"As leading medical organizations [...] we join together today to applaud Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., for issuing the first comprehensive federal government review of the public health impact of e-cigarettes on youth and young adults in the United States," said a joint statement from the five medical organizations.


Trump urged to snuff out FDA rules threatening 15,000 e-cig makers

President-elect Trump's team is being urged to kill new Food and Drug Administration rules that threaten to snuff out the e-cigarette business and rob chainsmokers of an alternative to ending their habit. In a letter [...] said that the new regulations would eliminate the industry with fees of up to $1 million per product. [...]


Marijuana is now more popular among teens than tobacco or e-cigarettes

Teen drug use is largely on the decline, with one notable exception — marijuana. Nearly 23 percent of high school seniors reported using marijuana in the past month, according to new data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes of Health, which collected responses as part of an annual survey of teen drug use known as “Monitoring the Future.”


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