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Daily Digest - Friday, 15 December 2017

Adolescent Smoking Rates Reach Historic Lows, Despite Vaping's Popularity

Survey data released today show that cigarette consumption by teenagers has reached "historic lows," nothwithstanding warnings that the rising popularity of vaping would make smoking cool again. In an interview with The New York Times, Thomas Glynn, [...] called the dramatic decline in adolescent smoking since the late 1990s "an astounding accomplishment in public health." [...]


North Carolina shows slight improvement in anti-tobacco funding

A small legislative funding commitment toward tobacco-prevention initiatives was the catalyst for a small improvement in North Carolina’s ranking in an annual report. North Carolina improved from 47th to 43rd among the states in terms of how much it funds annually toward tobacco-prevention programs such as quit lines and public health marketing initiatives.


Smokefree 2025 At Risk: Government Urged to Listen to Māori

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ could be putting the Smokefree 2025 goal at risk through their scare-mongering tactics and attempts to influence the new Government to turn their backs on a sensible, harm reduction approach to smoking cessation. Hāpai Te Hauora has supported the Ministry of Health and previous ministers’ compassionate and progressive stance on e-cigarettes [...]


Vaping WARNING: E-cigarettes ‘are HARMFUL to health and smokers should STOP using them'

Dr Stuart Flint, a psychologist at Leeds Beckett University, accused health officials of being “irresponsible” for promoting vaping as a method to stop smoking. Writing in a respected journal, Dr Flint said there is “very low-quality evidence” showing e-cigarettes can help people quit the habit. He urged health organisations to wait until more research has been done before recommending the popular smoking gadgets to patients.


War on Tobacco Expands to Where Smoking Is Heaviest: QuickTake

In July 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it intended to cut the level of nicotine allowed in cigarettes to nonaddictive amounts. Such a radical step could encourage millions of American smokers to quit, and tobacco company shares plummeted after the announcement. Already, the companies have been losing legal challenges around the world to rules [...]


Looking ahead: Some of FDA’s major policy goals for 2018

Twice a year the federal government publishes the “Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” (Unified Agenda), which provides the American public with insight into regulations under development or review throughout the federal government. For the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it gives us an opportunity to outline some of our efforts to modernize our approach to our work and improve our efficiency, [...]


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