Tobacco- May 1st, 2015

Hawaii poised to become first state to raise smoking age to 21
Hawaii is poised to become the first state to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 after the bill cleared the Legislature on Friday. The bill, which will go to Gov. David Ige next, was approved by a vote of 19-4. If finalized, the law would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes in an effort to reduce smoking among young people, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.  Read more HERE.

Mortality risks of cigar smoking similar to that of cigarette smoking
MNT: 4.27.15
Cigar smoking is associated with many of the same fatal conditions as cigarette smoking, according to research published in open access journal BMC Public Health. This underscores the fact that cigar smoking is not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking.
Consumption of cigars in the USA doubled from 6.2 billion cigars in 2000 to more than 13.7 billion in 2011. This contrasts with a 33% reduction in cigarette consumption over the same period. There is particular concern about cigar use in youth and young adults. Among young adults aged 18-24, 16% reported smoking cigars at least one day in the past 30 days during 2009-2010. A recent report suggests during 2012, 12.6% of high school students smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars, at least one day in the past 30 days.

More Than 1 in 10 Teens Has Tried E-Cigarettes, Study Finds
Health Day: 4.26.5
American teens’ use of electronic cigarettes is growing, especially among those who also smoke tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study.
Researchers surveyed more than 10,000 teens across the nation from 2012 to 2014. They found that 22 percent of teens used tobacco cigarettes, 13 percent used water pipes (hookahs), and 10 percent used e-cigarettes during that time.

States racing to regulate e-cigarettes
USA Today
The American Cancer Society has found itself in a surprising position: opposing state proposals to make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors.
The cancer society doesn’t want kids to use e-cigarettes, but it objects to what it calls “Trojan horse” legislation – bills that appear good for public health but that could addict more people to nicotine and roll back progress against clean air– says Cathy Callaway of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Several health groups have campaigned against e-cigarette bills around the country because of concerns about their health effects and potential to make smoking seem normal again.

It’s Time to Regulate E-Cigarettes
The New York Times: 4.23.15
WHEN the federal government announced last week that youth e-cigarette use tripled in just one year, surpassing the use of traditional cigarettes, the reaction was appropriately strong. “A wake-up call,” said one commentator, echoing others.
We agree. But a word that shouldn’t be used to describe it is “surprising.”

It’s not. E-cigarettes have so far escaped federal regulation and are being promoted using the same playbook cigarette companies have used to addict generations of teenagers. These marketing tactics include celebrity endorsements, slick TV and magazine ads that portray e-cigarette use as glamorous or masculine, sponsorships of race cars and music festivals and the use of sweet flavors like gummy bear and cotton candy.

‘The Emperor of All Maladies’ ignores a big piece of the story
Apr 9, The Boston Globe
THE RECENT PBS series “The Emperor of All Maladies” did a superlative job of explaining the impact of a cancer diagnosis, and chronicling the story of the brave patients, families, physicians and researchers who have pioneered treatments for 50 years. The documentary rightly emphasized the accelerating pace of discovery of mechanisms of cancer, the dazzling dissection of the genetic events that cause normal cells to go awry and become cancerous, and the potential for this knowledge to lead to treatments for some specific cancers.

Use of E-Cigarettes Rises Sharply Among Teenagers, Report Says
THURSDAY, Apr 16, 2015 (The New York Times) — Kenny, a high school senior in Weston, Fla., likes to puff e-cigarettes during debate practice. Tom, a sophomore in Westchester County, takes them to track practice. Joe, a senior in Jackson, Miss., uses them in the morning before class as a coffee-flavored way to pass the time.
E-cigarettes have arrived in the life of the American teenager.


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