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How Tobacco, E-Cigarette Companies Are Reaching Children with Advertisements

By Bob Curley, Healthline November 28- Tobacco ads on television have been banned since 1971. Advertisements on billboards, paid brand product placement, cartoons, tobacco brand sponsorships of sporting events and concerts, and advertising and marketing practices targeting […]

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posted on 11/30/2021

The overlooked public health issue that could make or break Biden’s new drug regulator

By Katherine Ellen Foley, Politico November 27- The next head of the Food and Drug Administration takes over an agency that studiously avoided answering one of the most pressing public health questions for over a decade: […]

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posted on 11/29/2021

Vaping Is Risky. Why Is the F.D.A. Authorizing E-Cigarettes?

By Kim Tingley, The New York Times Magazine November 23- When they first appeared in the United States in the mid-2000s, “electronic nicotine delivery systems” — e-cigarettes, vapes, e-liquids and other wares that contain the stimulant found […]

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posted on 11/23/2021

Tobacco use falling: WHO urges countries to invest in helping more people to quit tobacco

World Health Organization News Release November 16- The fourth WHO global tobacco trends report released today, shows that there are 1.30 billion tobacco users globally compared to 1.32 billion in 2015. This number is expected to […]

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posted on 11/17/2021

Tobacco lawsuits could upend Biden’s plan for historic menthol ban

By Katherine Ellen Foley, Politico November 14- The Food and Drug Administration’s renewed push to regulate e-cigarettes could interfere with the Biden administration’s plans to ban menthol-flavored tobacco products, a long-sought goal of public health groups. […]

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posted on 11/15/2021

Two new tobacco cessation medicines added to the WHO essential medicines list

World Health Organization November 5- Tobacco use causes 8 million deaths every year from health consequences such as cardiovascular diseases, lung disorders, cancers, diabetes, and many other debilitating diseases. Quitting can be challenging, especially with the […]

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posted on 11/08/2021

St. Paul enacts some of nation’s toughest tobacco restrictions

By Tim Nelson, MPR News November 4- The city of St. Paul passed sweeping new tobacco restrictions that set a minimum $10 price on a pack of cigarettes and packs of smokeless tobacco. They also ban discounts and coupons […]

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posted on 11/05/2021

Study finds electronic smoking devices don’t help smokers stay off combustible cigarettes

By Melissa Patrick, Kentucky Health News October 27- Switching to electronic cigarettes doesn’t help smokers stay off traditional cigarettes, according to a recent study. “Our findings suggest that individuals who quit smoking and switched to e-cigarettes […]

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posted on 11/02/2021

The earliest evidence of tobacco use dates to over 12,000 years ago

By Bruce Bower, Science News October 11- Ancient North Americans started using tobacco around 12,500 to 12,000 years ago, roughly 9,000 years before the oldest indications that they smoked the plant in pipes, a new study finds. […]

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posted on 11/01/2021

The FDA approved a vaping device for the first time. Ex-smokers like me are shuddering.

By Susan Shapiro, NBC News October 21- Not long ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ran alarming news about the outbreak of lung injuries associated with vaping. It confirmed in 2020 that at least 68 people […]

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posted on 10/28/2021