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Leading Health Organizations Seek to Intervene in Defense of FDA Rule on E-Cigarettes, Cigars

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – Six leading public health organizations today asked federal courts to allow them to intervene in two lawsuits brought by the electronic cigarette and cigar industries against the Food and Drug Administration’s 2016 rule establishing public health oversight of e-cigarettes, cigars and other previously unregulated tobacco products.

The groups expressed concern that the Trump Administration may not adequately defend the rule (known as the “deeming rule”) or may seek to weaken or rescind it, putting the health of children and the public at risk.

Groups Express Concern Administration May Not Adequately Defend Essential Public Health Regulations Against Industry Challenges.

Groups Express Concern Administration May Not Adequately Defend Essential Public Health Regulations Against Industry Challenges.

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 4

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 4 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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American Heart Association Applauds Drop in Youth E-Cigarette Use

 

Latest National Tobacco Survey Spotlights Need for Continued CDC Funding, Strong FDA Regulation

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products.

The survey revealed that from 2015-2016, the number of middle and high school current tobacco users decreased (from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016), and e-cigarette use among these students declined for the first time (from 3 million in 2015 to just under 2.2 million in 2016):

2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey shows that from 2015-2016 e-cigarette use among these students declined for the first time.

2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey shows that from 2015-2016 e-cigarette use among these students declined for the first time.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Tick and Mosquito Season is here

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Ticks and mosquitoes are now out in force and looking for food. The meal of choice for both is blood, creating opportunities to spread a variety of serious illnesses such as Zika Virus Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever as they move from one bite victim to another.

“For many people, a bite from a mosquito or tick won’t cause much more than an itchy, irritating spot on the skin or sometimes mild, flu-like symptoms,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Fight the Bite to Prevent Spread of Serious Illnesses

Fight the Bite to Prevent Spread of Serious Illnesses

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American Heart Association says Energy drinks linked to more Heart, Blood Pressure changes than Caffeinated Drinks alone

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Drinking 32 ounces of a commercially available energy drink resulted in more profound changes in the heart’s electrical activity and blood pressure than drinking 32 ounces of a control drink with the same amount of caffeine – 320 milligrams (mg), according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration generally considers caffeine in doses of less than 400 mg as safe, energy drinks often consist of not only caffeine but proprietary energy blends.

Two hours after drinking 32 ounces of a commercially available energy drink, the heart’s electrical activity was abnormal compared to drinking a caffeine-matched control drink.

Two hours after drinking 32 ounces of a commercially available energy drink, the heart’s electrical activity was abnormal compared to drinking a caffeine-matched control drink.

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Consumer Reports says Widespread Misuse of Common OTC Sleep Drugs May Pose Serious Health Risks

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Too many people with insomnia routinely rely on over-the-counter sleep medications on a daily basis, finds Consumer Reports.

Given how many people develop a habit of taking these drugs, CR takes a closer look at the claim “non–habit forming,” found on packaging for these widely available medications, and notes that dependency can be psychological in nature and not necessarily physical.

Misuse of Common OTC Sleep Drugs possibly linked to increased risk of dementia

Misuse of Common OTC Sleep Drugs possibly linked to increased risk of dementia

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American Heart Association reports FDA Expands Health Claim for More Fruits, Vegetables

 

American Heart Association Can Now Certify These Foods as Heart-Healthy

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an interim final rule removing the low fat and positive nutrient requirements which will apply to nearly all fresh fruits and vegetables, allowing them to make a heart health claim and be eligible for food certification programs like the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark program.

The ruling was in response to a petition submitted by the Association in September 2012.

Farmers' market produce stand showing assorted fruits and vegetables. (American Heart Association)

Farmers’ market produce stand showing assorted fruits and vegetables. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports 8 Health Groups File Suit to Force FDA to Require Graphic Cigarette Warnings as Mandated by Law

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – Eight public health and medical groups, and several individual pediatricians, filed suit in federal court in Boston to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a final rule requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising, as mandated by a 2009 federal law.

The lawsuit was filed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Truth Initiative and several individual pediatricians.

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Children should eat less than 25 grams of added Sugars daily according to American Heart Association

 

American Heart Association Scientific Statement

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Children ages 2 to 18 should eat or drink less than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, according to the scientific statement recommending a specific limit on added sugars for children, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Six teaspoons of added sugars is equivalent to about 100 calories or 25 grams.

“Our target recommendation is the same for all children between the ages of 2 and 18 to keep it simple for parents and public health advocates,” said Miriam Vos, M.D., Ms.P.H, lead author, nutrition scientist and associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Healthy kids are sweet enough. Kids age 2-18 should have less than 25 grams or six teaspoons of added sugar daily for a healthy heart. (American Heart Association)

Healthy kids are sweet enough. Kids age 2-18 should have less than 25 grams or six teaspoons of added sugar daily for a healthy heart. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Electronic Vaping Use by Teens Extremely Disturbing

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which is conducted every two years.

The 2015 data show the rate of cigarette smoking among American high school students has continued to drop since the last survey.

Unlike tobacco products, e-cigarettes are not age-restricted. Use among youth approximately doubled between 2011 and 2012, by which time an estimated 1.78 million students in grades 6–12 had tried the devices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Unlike tobacco products, e-cigarettes are not age-restricted. Use among youth approximately doubled between 2011 and 2012, by which time an estimated 1.78 million students in grades 6–12 had tried the devices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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