AHA e-cigarette policy emphasizes caution when using devices to quit smoking

Electronic cigarettes might help some people quit smoking, but the American Heart Association recommends them only as a last resort and only with several notes of caution.

AHA President Elliott Antman, M.D., underscored the careful approach Tuesday, a day after the organization’s first policy statement on e-cigarettes drew widespread media […]

FDA asked to extend its jurisdiction to all tobacco products

With the 5th anniversary of the landmark tobacco law looming, the American Heart Association called on the Food and Drug Administration to do much more.

Nine public health groups joined in a public statement on Thursday asking the FDA to extend its jurisdiction, with no exception, to all tobacco products, […]

For the first time, federal regulators order tobacco products off the shelves

Federal regulators ordered four tobacco products off the market Friday, the first time the Food and Drug Administration has taken such an action since it was given regulatory authority in 2009.

The FDA ordered Jash International Inc. to stop selling four Sutra-branded cigarettes called bidis, which are thin, hand-rolled cigarettes […]

CVS Caremark phasing out tobacco sales

Pharmacy and retailer CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will phase out tobacco sales over the next year, saying that profits from the sales are not worth the larger cost in public health.

CVS said in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the company is increasingly developing programs to improve the […]

Young smokers using flavored cigarettes or little cigars, CDC says

Two of every five young smokers are using flavored cigarettes or little cigars, according to a report released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

 The study was the first of its kind to measure whether middle school and high school students are using flavored tobacco. The […]

FDA denies marketing and sales of four new tobacco products

The Food and Drug Administration has denied the ability of manufacturers to market or sell four new tobacco products because the products did not meet their requirements for “substantial equivalency.”

The agency does not release details on the manufacturers or products that fail to qualify.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco […]