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FDA's Move to OK First Menthol Vapes Is Big Mistake, Health Advocates Say

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to authorize the first menthol-flavored e-cigarettes has drawn the the ire of health advocates who say the decision undermines efforts to end the youth vaping epidemic in America.

In its approval of four flavored vaping products made by Njoy, the agency defended its decision.

"Based upon our rigorous scientific review, in this instanc...

CDC Restarts National Anti-Smoking Campaign, With Focus on Menthols

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resumed a national campaign that uses the stories of former smokers to warn Americans about the many health dangers of tobacco.

Known as the "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign, seven new people are featured in ads sharing their stories about how cigarette smoking damaged their health.

One tactic is new in this latest round of ...

Vaping Now Outstrips Smoking Among U.S. Young Adults

Young adults are now more likely to vape than to smoke cigarettes, with more becoming addicted to nicotine through vaping than traditional smoking, researchers say.

Nearly three in five young adults who vape (56%) have never regularly smoked cigarettes, according to data from an ongoing federal study of tobacco use.

This is the first time that there are more young people who began t...

Vaping's Popularity Falls Among U.S. High School Students

Warnings about the dangers of vaping may be reaching American teens: A new U.S. government report shows e-cigarette use is down among high school students.

In fact, use of any tobacco product over the past 30 days declined among this age group during the 2022-2023 school year, from 16.5% to 12.6%.

This was driven largely by a decline in e-cigarette use, which dropped from 14.1% to 1...

FDA Moves Closer to Banning Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

A proposed rule from federal regulators that would ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars has been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final review.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first announced the

Cheap, Flavored Cigars That Entice Kids Are Flooding the Market: Report

Flavoring added to small, cheap cigars is making these the second-most popular tobacco product among youth, a new report shows.

The report comes as federal regulators prepare to bar flavored cigars. They are marketed with such flavors as "Iced Donut"and "Be...

FDA Must Crack Down on Retailers Selling Tobacco to Teens: Report

A new government report finds that federal regulators need to do more to help in the battle to keep kids and teens off tobacco.

Among the report's findings were that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to get tough on retailers selling tobacco to youth and should improve its oversight of online retailers.

The FDA should also work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm...

Does Smoking Change the Teenage Brain?

Teens' desire to start smoking, and later to keep smoking, may be linked to differences in gray matter in their brains, a new study reveals.

Researchers found that reduced gray matter in the left frontal lobe was found in kids who started smoking by age 14. This area is involved in decision-making and rule-breaking.

Once they started smoking, they also had reduced gray matter in th...

After Criticism, FDA Pledges to Revamp Its Tobacco Division

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's heavily criticized tobacco program promised changes on Friday, including a five-year strategic plan to better outline priorities.

"As we enter this era of declining use of combustible tobacco and continued innovation in the e-cigarette industry, the societal concerns are not subtle," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said in an agency news release...

FDA's Tobacco Unit Overloaded and Lacking Direction, Panel Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's tobacco unit is "reactive and overwhelmed,"an expert panel reviewing its work reported Monday.

In addition, the panel blamed the FDA's inconsistent regulation efforts for the spread of unauthorized e-cigarettes that are appealing to teens, among other problems.

Commissioned by FDA chief

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  • 1 in 7 U.S. High School Students Now Vapes

    Teen vaping continues at concerning levels, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

    About 2.5 million middle school and high school students reported that they had vaped in the past 30 days in 2022,...

    Brain-Eating Amoeba May Have Caused Nebraska Child's Death

    The death of a child in Nebraska was likely caused by an infection with a "brain-eating amoeba"that occurred after the child swam in a local river, state health officials announced this week.

    In a news release, officials said it was the first such death ever rep...

    FDA Issues Warning to Maker of Illegal Nicotine Gummies

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned a maker of nicotine gummies to stop marketing what is an illegal product.

    In what is a first-of-its-kind warning, the agency said it considers these gummies part...

    After Appeal, Court Rules Juul Can Still Sell E-Cigarettes for Now

    A federal appeals court has ruled that for now, Juul Labs can continue to sell its electronic cigarettes on the U.S. market.

    The Friday ruling came in response to the company seeking a temporary emergency hold while it appeals a ban of its products that was issue...

    FDA Bans Juul E-Cigarettes From US Market

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered Juul Lab's to pull its e-cigarettes off the American market.

    "Today's action is further progress on the FDA's commitment to ensuring that all e-cigarette and electronic nicotine d...

    FDA to Ban Juul E-Cigarettes From U.S. Markets

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to pull Juul Lab's e-cigarettes off the American market.

    The decision, which follows a two-year review of reams of data presented by the vaping company, could come as early as Wednesday, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

    The FDA has already

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  • Biden to Announce Nicotine-Reduction Rule for Tobacco Companies

    A new rule that would require tobacco companies to slash nicotine levels in cigarettes could be issued Tuesday by the Biden administration.

    The rule, which would have an unprecedented effect in lowering smoking-related deaths, would be unveiled as part of a compilation of planned federal regulatory actions released twice a year, an individual with knowledge of the rule who spoke on the co...

    Menthol Cigarettes May Hook Young Smokers Faster: Study

    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration weighs banning the sale of menthol cigarettes, a new study strengthens the tie between mint-flavored tobacco and teen smoking.

    According to the survey, adolescents who began...

    Flavored Vapes Still in Stores Despite Federal Ban

    Kid-friendly flavored e-cigarettes are still widely available online and in stores, despite a federal judge's ruling that should have pulled the products off store shelves by early September, a new report shows.

    The judge's ruling follows on U.S. Food and Drug Administration action that is nearly two years old.

    Citing risks to vulnerable children, the FDA first announced in January...

    Quit Smoking Before 45 & Wipe Out 87% of Lung Cancer Risk

    Smokers who kick the habit before age 45 can nearly eliminate their excess risk of dying from lung or other cancers, a new study estimates.

    It's well-established that after smokers quit, their risk of tobacco-related cancers drops substantially over time.

    Researchers said the new findings underscore the power of quitting as early as possible. Among more than 400,000 Americans they f...

    Switch to Vaping Won't Help Ex-Smokers Quit for Good: Study

    Smokers may think electronic cigarettes will help them quit, but a new study finds no evidence that's the case.

    Researchers found that among Americans who'd recently quit smoking, those who were using e-cigarettes were just as likely to relapse in the next year as non-users were.

    And the risk of relapse was actually slightly increased among former smokers who were using any type of ...

    Teens Who Use Pot, E-Cigs and Cigarettes Are in Triple Danger

    More U.S. teens use e-cigarettes, traditional cigarettes and marijuana together, posing greater risks to their health and behavior than if they used only one substance, a new study finds.

    Called "triple users," this group score high on a profile of psychosocial risk, which includes fighting, risky sexual behavior and behaviors such as not wearing seat belts, according to lead researcher T...

    FDA Bans Sale of Nearly a Million E-Cigarettes; Allows Juul to Remain on Market

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced that it had rejected the applications of nearly a million electronic cigarettes and related products.

    But it also delayed a decision on the fate of the leading vape product brand, Juul, drawing an outcry from anti-vaping groups.

    Juul products will remain on the market for now, more than 10 years after e-cigarettes first be...

    No Change in Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use During Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic has posed significant challenges for many, but it did not appear to drive U.S. preteens and young teens to drugs.

    Repeated surveys of more than 7,800 10- to 14-year-olds between September 2019 and August 2020 found the overall rate of drug use remained stable, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). What did change was their drugs of choic...

    Heavy Drinking in Youth Could Harm Arteries

    The arteries of young people who drink stiffen sooner in their lives, which could increase their risk for heart disease and stroke later on, a British study reports.

    People's arteries naturally become less elastic with age, but certain factors -- including alcohol and tobacco use -- can speed up the process. This study included more than 1,600 people in the United Kingdom. Their alcohol u...

    Kids Who Grew Up With Smokers Have Higher Odds for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    While breathing in secondhand smoke is known to harm kids' lungs, new research suggests that children whose parents smoked are also more prone to developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life.

    "Our findings give more depth and gravity to the negative health consequences of smoking in relation to [rheumatoid arthritis], one of the most common autoimmune diseases," said lead author Dr. Kazu...

    Vaping Just Once Triggers Dangerous 'Oxidative Stress'

    Young, healthy adults who try vaping for the first time may experience an immediate reaction that can harm cells and lay the groundwork for disease, according to a new study.

    Just 30 minutes of vaping can increase oxidative stress, which occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals (molecules that damage cells) and antioxidants that fight them, researchers said.

    "Just lik...

    Parents' Pot Smoking Means More Colds, Flu for Kids

    Kids who are around people who use marijuana may be at risk for more colds and respiratory infections due to secondhand smoke, according to a new study.

    In a survey of 1,500 parents and caregivers, those who regularly smoked or vaped marijuana reported more respiratory viruses among their children in the preceding year, compared to parents who did not smoke tobacco or marijuana.


    Addictive, Harmful Vaping Is Super Cool on TikTok

    Watch videos on TikTok and you're likely to see plenty of positive portrayals of vaping, a new study shows.

    And that's a problem, according to researchers, who call for tighter regulation of the platform popular with kids and teens.

    "Viewing other young people, friends, acquaintances or influencers vaping in fun and entertaining contexts, is likely to normalize e-cigarette use and m...

    Even Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy Might Raise Baby's Breathing Risks

    Infants exposed to secondhand smoke in the womb and early childhood are likely to have weaker lungs, a new study suggests.

    The finding is based on levels of blood cotinine during pregnancy and childhood; blood cotinine is the result of the body processing nicotine. Harvard Medical School researchers tied increased levels of the byproduct with reduced lung function at age 6.

    They no...

    Vaping Ups Teens' Odds for Asthma, Asthma Attacks

    Though some think that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, Canadian research suggests it could raise the risk of developing asthma or having asthma attacks for teens and adults.

    "Emerging research really suggests that vaping may actually worsen preexisting health conditions such as asthma," said study author Teresa To, senior scientist in the Child Health Eval...

    FDA Poised to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes, a move that the agency has tried before and one that public health experts and civil rights groups have pushed for years.

    Menthol cigarettes have been marketed aggressively to Black Americans for decades: About 85% of Black smokers use menthol brands, the FDA said, and research shows menthol cigarettes...

    Raising Legal Age for Tobacco Cuts Teen Smoking, Study Confirms

    Raising the legal age for buying tobacco is effective in cutting teen smoking rates, a new study shows.

    Researchers compared teen and young adult smoking patterns before and three years after a 2016 California law that increased the legal age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21.

    The University of California, Davis team found that the "T21" law led to a greater decrease in daily smoking ...

    A Plus From the Pandemic: Fewer Kids Using E-Cigarettes

    There appears to be a silver lining to forced school and business closures during early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study: Fewer kids used e-cigarettes.

    Compared to the previous quarter, vaping rates fell among 15- to 20-year-olds while widespread stay-at-home orders were in place from March 14 to June 29, 2020, according to an online survey of more than 5,750teens ...

    Youth Vaping Triples Odds for Adult Smoking

    Vaping may not be a way for kids to avoid the smoking habit, after all. A new study finds that teens who start vaping are three times more likely to smoke cigarettes in adulthood than those who never started with electronic cigarettes.

    Although the number of teens who start smoking cigarettes in high school has declined, vaping has soared. From 2016 to 2019, the number of cigarette smoke...

    Smoking Plus Vaping Just as Deadly as Smoking on Its Own: Study

    Smokers who swap some traditional cigarettes for the electronic kind may not be doing anything to protect their arteries, a new study hints.

    People who smoke sometimes use "e-cigarettes" in a bid to get a nicotine fix without inhaling tobacco. But little is known about the effects of e-cigarettes on the risk of heart disease -- the top killer of smokers.

    That's because heart disease...

    Vaping May Addle the Adolescent Brain

    Teenagers who use e-cigarettes may be at increased risk of "mental fog," a new study suggests.

    The study, of thousands of U.S. teens, found that those who vaped were three times more likely than their peers to report problems with concentration, memory and decision-making.

    The findings mirror those of a recent study of adults by the same research team: Men and women who used e-...

    U.S. Teen Vaping Rates Are Leveling Off But Still High

    After years of increases, nicotine and marijuana vaping among U.S. teens plateaued this year, but still they remain high, researchers report.

    Data from the most recent annual Monitoring the Future survey, conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, show that from 2017 to 2019, the percentage of teens who said they vaped nicotine in the past 12 months doubled: ...

    Teen Smoking Rates Drop, E-Cig Use Rises: Study

    American teens' use of tobacco cigarettes and smokeless tobacco has dropped to record lows, even as their use of electronic cigarettes increased, new research shows.

    For the study, researchers analyzed nationwide data on tobacco product use among 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders from 1991 to 2019.

    Daily smoking rates among 12th-grade boys rose 4.9% a year between 1991 and 1998, but fell...

    Vaping Lures Teens to Smoking: Study

    Instead of being a safe alternative to smoking, vaping may serve as an enticing gateway to the cigarette habit for some teens, new research shows.

    It's known that teens who use electronic cigarettes are more likely than their peers to take up the real thing. But the question of cause-and-effect has remained: Perhaps those same kids might have started smoking anyway?

    But the new...

    Smoking Bans Don't Work If Not Enforced, NYC Study Finds

    Although New York City has banned smoking in its public housing, exposure to secondhand smoke hadn't declined a year later, a new study finds.

    The reasons might include delays in promotion and enforcement, researchers said. These include not putting up signs, training building managers and reluctance to report violations. Also, lack of smoking cessation services may be a factor.


    Parents Often in the Dark When Kids Take Up Vaping

    Parents are often clueless when their kids start smoking e-cigarettes, a new study finds.

    On the other hand, Mom and Dad usually can tell if their children take up traditional smoking, said researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.

    Having strict household rules against any form of tobacco is the best form of prevention, researchers found. And those rules ...

    Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Lower Smoking Rates?

    Want to make smoking less attractive to young people? Try taking menthol cigarettes off the market, a new analysis suggests.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned flavors in cigarettes in 2009 because flavors appeal to youth and young adults, and the agency recently announced that it also intends to ban menthol in cigarettes.

    To assess what effect a ban on menthol cig...

    Ad Displays in Stores Boost Teen Vaping Rates: Canadian Study

    Canadian provinces that allow retail displays promoting e-cigarettes had nearly three times the teen vaping rate, a new study found.

    Until May 2018, e-cigarettes weren't widely available in Canada and it was illegal to advertise those containing nicotine. When the law changed, Quebec and Manitoba adopted their own restrictions, including bans on retail displays and ads for e-cigarett...

    Up to 60% of Teens in Some U.S. Schools Used E-Cigs: Study

    More than 1 in 10 middle and high school students in the United States used e-cigarettes within the last month, according to a University of Michigan study that found the rate in some schools is as high as 60%.

    It also found that vaping is highest in schools with a higher percentage of white students and where more students smoke traditional cigarettes. Rates are also higher in th...

    The Sooner Young Smokers Start, The Less Likely They Are to Quit

    Kids and teens who take up smoking are more likely to become daily smokers and find it harder to quit by their 40s, a new study finds.

    "Based on our data coupled with a variety of other evidence, we found childhood smoking leads to adult smoking," said lead researcher David Jacobs Jr., a professor of public health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "Cigarette smoking, eve...

    Which Teens View Vaping as a Health Threat? Survey Offers Clues

    Some groups of American teens are more likely than others to view e-cigarettes as a health threat, a new study suggests.

    That list includes girls, whites, LGBTQ teens, teens living in the suburbs, and those from more affluent and better-educated families.

    Vaping rates among U.S. teens are high. More than 1 in 4 high school students regularly use e-cigarettes, and the number...

    Vaping in Kids Under 15 'Skyrocketed' Over 5 Years, Study Finds

    The percentage of U.S. teens who started vaping by age 14 tripled in recent years, researchers report.

    The findings come amid a soaring uptake in the use of e-cigarettes by young Americans, and an outbreak of a vaping-linked lung illness that has sickened more than 2,500 people nationwide, including 54 deaths.

    The new study suggests that for many who get hooked on nicotine-l...

    Youth Vapers Often Use Nicotine or Pot, Not Just Flavoring

    Three-quarters of U.S. teens who use e-cigarettes are vaping addictive or mind-altering substances -- more than once suspected, according to a new study.

    The findings add to growing concerns about teen vaping.

    "We found that youth were more likely to report vaping nicotine and marijuana than 'just flavoring' only, and that cigarette smoking intensity was associated with an i...

    Secondhand Smoke Starts Kids on Path to Heart Disease: Study

    Secondhand smoke can harm children's arteries, a new study warns.

    Researchers used ultrasound to examine the carotid artery in the neck, brachial artery in the upper arm, and abdominal aorta right above the belly button in 298 kids aged 8 to 18 who were not smokers.

    Some had been exposed to secondhand smoke and others had not, the study authors said.

    The investiga...