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Public health experts 'flabbergasted' Biden still hasn’t picked an FDA chief

President Joe Biden’s failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public health experts who say it’s baffling for the agency to be without a permanent leader during a national health crisis.... Read more»

Arizona gets grades from failing to ‘OK-ish’ for anti-tobacco efforts

The American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report for 2021 gave Arizona a failing grade in three of five policies it looks at. Despite the poor grades, most states were doing well in the fight against smoking – until recently, when electronic cigarettes entered the market.... Read more»

Smoking could worsen progression of COVID-19, research finds

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts have pointed to smoking as one of several risk factors that could worsen the disease and potentially lead to death.... Read more»

Study raises concern about e-cig waste

As media coverage focuses on the more immediate public health crisis of vaping, and its link to a recent spate of mysterious lung illnesses and deaths, researchers caution there also is a looming environmental threat. ... Read more»

FDA limits restrictions on flavored e-cigarette sales to stem surging underage use

The FDA won't ban flavored cigarettes marketed to children, which the agency considered, but imposes stricter sales restrictions on-line and in convenience stores.... Read more»

Az seeing more cases of nicotine over-exposure from e-cigarettes

With electronic cigarettes gaining popularity, officials in Arizona and nationwide are seeing more cases of people exposed to too much nicotine, not just from inhaling but by spilling or swallowing the liquid drug.... Read more»

Officials, advocates hope state ban on e-cigarettes curbs rising use among kids

With electronic cigarettes increasingly popular among children nationally, officials and advocates hope a new Arizona law banning sales to those under 18 will pay dividends here. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said e-cigarette use among high school students rose from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 2.8 percent in 2012.... Read more»