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Youth smoking and vaping growing in e-cig friendly New Zealand

New Zealand, like England, the US FDA, and a few other countries, has embraced e-cigarettes. Like other e-cig enthusiasts, the Health Ministry minimizes risks to kids. In particular, its “Position statement on vaping” says: There is no international evidence that vaping products are undermining the long-term decline in cigarette smoking among adults and youth, andContinue reading “Youth smoking and vaping growing in e-cig friendly New Zealand”

Health groups back in court pressing FDA to act on menthol and e-cig PMTA applications

Menthol Over the last year health groups have started suing the FDA in efforts to force action, particularly in the areas of menthol and evaluating e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products. As part of a political compromise, the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act banned characterizing flavors (but not the flavors themselves) exceptContinue reading “Health groups back in court pressing FDA to act on menthol and e-cig PMTA applications”

Higher cannabis use in states that have legalized

Abra Jeffers Amy Byers and Salome Keyhani just published a large study of cannabis use patterns in 23 US states and territories from 2016 to 2019. Our national study, “Sociodemographic Characteristics Associated With and Prevalence and Frequency of Cannabis Use Among Adults in the US” published in JAMA Network Open found higher-frequency cannabis use isContinue reading “Higher cannabis use in states that have legalized”

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