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FDA Warns Manufacturers and Retailers to Remove Certain E-cigarette Products Targeted to Youth from the Market

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Silver Spring, MDToday, Monday, April 27th, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued ten warning letters to retailers and manufacturers who sell, manufacture and/or import unauthorized electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products targeted to youth or likely to promote use by youth.

FDA Continues to Target the Sale of Unauthorized, Flavored E-cigarette Products That Appeal to Youth.

FDA Continues to Target the Sale of Unauthorized, Flavored E-cigarette Products That Appeal to Youth.

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Tennessee Together Student Survey Highlights Opportunity for Parents to Prevent Youth Substance Use

 

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesNashville, TN – Parents have a valuable opportunity to influence their children’s use of substances if they approach the conversation in early middle school grades, but these conversations are only happening for about half of Tennessee youth.  That is one of the primary takeaways highlighted by the first-ever TN Together Student Survey.

This data shows that Tennessee youth appear to misuse alcohol and marijuana at lower rates than national averages. Rates of misuse of prescription pain relievers are comparable to the national average and tobacco use is about two percent higher than the national average. Comparing state-specific statistics over time, Tennessee youth reported misusing alcohol, tobacco, and pain relievers at lower rates in 2016–2017 than in 2011–2012.

This data shows that Tennessee youth appear to misuse alcohol and marijuana at lower rates than national averages. Rates of misuse of prescription pain relievers are comparable to the national average and tobacco use is about two percent higher than the national average. Comparing state-specific statistics over time, Tennessee youth reported misusing alcohol, tobacco, and pain relievers at lower rates in 2016–2017 than in 2011–2012.

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Lamar Alexander says He Will Continue to do Everything He Can to Keep Surprise Medical Bills at the Top of Congress’ To-Do List Until it’s Done

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said he intends to do everything he can to keep surprise medical billing at the top of Congress’ to-do list in 2020 until it’s done.

“Protecting patients from surprise billing is something almost everyone wants fixed. One out of five patients who goes to an emergency room eventually receives an unexpected bill for as much as $300 or $3,000 or $30,000 because the doctor who treated them was not part of the same insurance network as the hospital.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says Dr. Stephen Hahn is an “Impressive Choice” to Lead FDA at This Critical Time

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – At the Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 Senate health committee hearing, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Dr. Stephen Hahn is an “impressive choice” to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

“This is a critical time for FDA, and there is a lot that FDA needs to do – review and approve lifesaving drugs and devices, regulate tobacco and e-cigarettes, complete the ongoing lung injury investigation, protect our nation’s food supply, and continue addressing the opioid crisis,” Senator Alexander said. 

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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American Heart Association reports U.S. Food and Drug Administration Delays Plan to Lower Nicotine Levels in Traditional Cigarettes

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a list of regulations it plans to work on in 2020, omitted from that list was a regulation to reduce nicotine levels in traditional cigarettes. That regulation was initially announced by former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in 2017.

American Heart Association calls on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action to reduce the scourge of tobacco use in this country.

American Heart Association calls on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action to reduce the scourge of tobacco use in this country.

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House Committee Approves Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – The American Heart Association released the following statement following the House Energy and Commerce mark-up and approval of H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019:

“We are pleased the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act passed through the Energy and Commerce Committee today”

Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act passes through the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act passes through the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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American Heart Association says Vaping Industry faces a triple threat: Science, Advocacy, Community Action

 

American Heart AssociationPhiladelphia, PA – The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, today announced an aggressive, three-pronged initiative involving research, policy advocacy and youth activation intended to urgently address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.

The initiative, launched as 1 in 4 high school students nationwide report using e-cigarettes, has three central components.

American Heart Association announces sweeping research investment, policy advocacy fund and youth activation campaign demanding “Big Vape” to #QuitLying (American Heart Association)

American Heart Association announces sweeping research investment, policy advocacy fund and youth activation campaign demanding “Big Vape” to #QuitLying (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Cannabis may be linked to Strokes, Heart Rhythm disturbances in Young People

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Frequent cannabis (marijuana) use among young people was linked to an increased risk of stroke and people diagnosed with cannabis use disorder were more likely to be hospitalized for heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias), according to two new preliminary studies to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 — November 16th -18th in Philadelphia.

Young people who reported using cannabis frequently had higher risk of having a stroke, according to a Virginia study. (American Heart Association)

Young people who reported using cannabis frequently had higher risk of having a stroke, according to a Virginia study. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association Study finds flavors play a role in initiation, addiction to E-Cigarette use

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research from the Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science of the American Heart Association flavors motivate individuals to start using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and are also associated with a stronger perception of being addicted to e-cigarettes,  the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives.

Researchers surveyed about 1,500 U.S. e-cigarette users, aged 18 and older, to determine whether different types of flavors played a role in getting them to start and to continue vaping.

A survey of adults who use electronic cigarettes found that flavors attracted many to start using e-cigarettes and supported their continued use. (American Heart Association)

A survey of adults who use electronic cigarettes found that flavors attracted many to start using e-cigarettes and supported their continued use. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says New CDC Data Highlights E-Cigarette Epidemic’s Threat to Nation’s Youth

 

American Heart Association

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – Results of the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight the rapidly growing popularity of electronic cigarettes among youth.

The results show that 4.9 million middle- and high-school students were current users of some type of tobacco product in 2018, an increase from 3.6 million in 2017, and that there were in excess of 3.5 million youth e-cigarette users in 2018, 1.5 million more than in 2017.

E-Cigarette. (American Heart Association)

E-Cigarette. (American Heart Association)

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