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FDA proposes regulation of electronic cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules Thursday that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and require health warnings on the nicotine-delivery devices. The move has long been urged by health organizations worried that the products target young people and could get them hooked on tobacco.

E-cigarettes have become increasingly […]

Looking back 50 years to the surgeon general report lambasting tobacco

Five decades ago Dudley Hafner’s boss handed him a copy of the surgeon general’s report, “Smoking and Health.”

It was thick as a bible. And such serious business, Hafner said, that it had been under armed security until its release the week before.

To study the report without interruptions, Hafner and […]

CDC study shows rapid rise in e-cigarette-related calls to poison control centers

Poison center calls related to e-cigarette exposure grew from one a month to 215 a month between September 2010 and February 2014, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  More than half the e-cigarette exposure calls – 51.1 percent – involved children under 5 […]

E-cigarettes should be kept from minors, convenience store group says

U.S. convenience stores should sell electronic cigarettes only to adults, following the same ID procedures used for tobacco sales, according to a position statement issued by a national association of stores Friday.

The National Association of Convenience Stores, which represents about 3,800 retailers and supplier companies, said convenience stores are the largest retail […]

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 […]

FDA launches campaign to curb teen smoking

The Food and Drug Administration is launching its largest effort yet to curb tobacco use among teens with a campaign that portrays cigarettes as something that can make you look uncool or ugly.

The $115 million media campaign is prompted by the FDA’s new authority to regulate tobacco, granted by […]

Former Surgeon General Luther Terry honored at Arlington National Cemetery

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The life of Dr. Luther Terry, the former surgeon general who issued the landmark “Smoking and Health” report 50 years ago, was honored Saturday with a wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery.  Approximately 100 people attended the event, despite the rain, including acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, former Surgeon […]

American Heart Association marks 50th anniversary of surgeon general’s report on smoking

Fifty years ago, the U.S. surgeon general released a report that changed the nation’s relationship with tobacco.

To mark the anniversary of the pivotal report, the American Heart Association and other leading  health organizations outlined goals on Wednesday to reduce the adult smoking rate to less than 10 percent in […]

Tobacco prevention efforts fall short by billions

 

States will spend about $481 million on programs to prevent or curb tobacco use next year, well below the $3.7 billion recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing 440,000 people each year.

Although states are expected to earn […]

Clinton honors nation’s healthiest schools

President Bill Clinton honored 267  schools that were recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for creating healthier environments on Monday at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Obesity is the No. 1 health threat among children, topping drug abuse and smoking.

The Alliance for a Healthier […]