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FDA to extend tobacco regulations to e-cigarettes, other products

Repost from CNN.com. (CNN) - E-cigarettes and other tobacco products like premium cigars and hookahs will be regulated in the same way the government regulates traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Robert Califf, made the announcement about their final rule Thursday (PDF). The rule broadens the definition of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, hookahs, pipe tobacco, premium cigars, little cigars and other products. "This action is a milestone in ... Read more

New Orleans is healthier a year after smoke-free ordinance

Repost from NOLA.com. Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smoking doubles the risk of heart disease and stroke for those who smoke and those exposed to second-hand smoke. According to the American Heart Association, in Louisiana more than 10,000 people die a year from heart disease and stroke. But just more than a year ago, the New Orleans City Council said those startling numbers needed to change.  In that year, we have seen businesses stand behind ... Read more

California Raises Age of Tobacco Purchase to 21 and Tightens Vaping Rules

Repost from NPR.org. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a sweeping package of tobacco bills into California law on Wednesday, including one that will raise the legal age to buy products from 18 to 21 and another that dramatically tightens restrictions on e-cigarettes. But the governor vetoed a bill that would have permitted cities and counties to establish their own tobacco taxes. "Although California has one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation," the governor said in a veto message, "I am reluctant to approve ... Read more

Children’s of Alabama, UAB Get Grant to Help Prevent Kids from Using Tobacco

Repost from WRBC.com BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Children's of Alabama and UAB are teaming up to help prevent kids from smoking e-cigarettes or using tobacco. The department of public health is giving an $80,000 grant to collect data on youth cigarette use in the Birmingham metro area. That information will be used to protect children from tobacco exposure. It would also go toward education about the dangers. "We want to get more data. That's what the grant enables us to do. Then we're going ... Read more

Baton Rouge Considers Smoke-free Ordinance

By Stephanie Riegel. Repost from BusinessReport.com. On Feb. 9, Lydia Kuykendal of Smoke-free East Baton Rouge spoke to the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, where she made her organization’s case for ridding city-parish bars and casinos of smoke. Less than two hours later, her group held a press conference at the Main Library on Goodwood to announce some high-profile support for its effort, most notably that of AARP. The campaign is officially on to rid Baton Rouge bars and casinos of smoke, and ... Read more

California Lawmakers Vote To Raise Smoking Age To 21

Repost from NPR.org. The California Senate voted Thursday to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The measure is part of a larger package of legislation aimed at cracking down on tobacco. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, California will become the second state, after Hawaii, to raise the age limit for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products. More than 100 cities around the country, including New York and Boston, have already raised the age limit. A week ... Read more

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Tooth Decay in Infants

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter. Reposted from WSFA.com Want your baby to grow into a tot with a cavity-free smile? Don't smoke when he or she is around. Children exposed to secondhand smoke at 4 months of age may be at risk for tooth decay by age 3, Japanese researchers report. Those children were roughly twice as likely to have cavities as kids whose parents didn't smoke. A mother's tobacco use during pregnancy was not a factor, the researchers added. "Secondhand smoke is one of the ... Read more

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends Raising Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco Products

By Tara Haelle, HealthDay Reporter. Reposted from WSFA.com The minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes should be raised to 21 across the United States, according to a new policy recommendation released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The strong statement by the nation's leading pediatricians group was among more than two dozen recommendations aimed at tightening regulations on cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products, to reduce youth smoking and nicotine addiction. The group also called for the U.S. Food ... Read more

Homewood Public Safety Committee Recommends Changes to Smoking Regulations

By Emily Featherston. Reposted from TheHomewoodStar.com After a lengthy debate, the public safety committee voted to recommend updates to Homewood’s smoking regulations at their Oct. 5 meeting. The updates, proposed by the Safe & Healthy Homewood Coalition, include revisions to broaden the existing smoking ordinance, such as increasing the minimum distance a smoker must be from a business’ doorway, adding electronic cigarettes to the existing regulations and regulating the operation of private businesses dedicated to smoking. The committee’s recommendation came with the proposal to ... Read more

Teens Copy Parents’ Smoking

Reposted from WSFA.com Although many teens don't often copy their parents' behavior, there's one habit they may pick up from mom or dad -- smoking. Teens are three times more likely to smoke at least one cigarette -- and their odds of nicotine dependence are nearly twice as high -- if one of their parents is dependent on nicotine, the new study found. And teenage daughters of women who smoke seem to be most at risk. These young girls were almost four times as ... Read more
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