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Consuelo Hernandez: Menthol cigarette ban could lead to over-policing Black, Brown communities

As the Sunnyside School District Governing Board president, an outspoken community activist in the fight for equity, and somebody who has a long history of mentoring at-risk youth, I have some concerns about the FDA's proposed ban on menthol cigarettes. ... Read more»

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Arizona no logra evitar que jóvenes usen productos de tabaco con sabor

Arizona no está financiando programas y legislación orientada a prevenir el uso de cigarrillos electrónicos y productos de tabaco con sabor que están aumentando entre los jóvenes, según un nuevo informe.... Read more»

Lung Association gives Arizona failing grade for lack of regulation on tobacco products targeting teens

Arizona gets an F for its attempts to regulate flavored tobacco products popular among young people and in spending on programs to control and prevent use of tobacco, which still is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the United States, the American Lung Association says. ... Read more»

Curbing illicit firearms trade crucial to success of U.S.-Mexico security deal

The proposed "U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities," which, like the Mérida Initiative before, approaches the problems of drug trafficking, violence, and abuse on the basis of the countries’ "shared responsibility" for the problems. ... Read more»

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»

FDA’s sudden increase in legal tobacco age catches retailers off-guard

Retailers and local leaders said they were “caught with their pants down” by a Food and Drug Administration announcement last week that it had raised the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.... Read more»

New York boosts smoking age to 21

Starting Wednesday, if you want to buy tobacco or e-cigarettes in New York and you’re under 21, you’re out of luck. The state joined 17 others and the District of Columbia in raising the legal age to buy cigarettes.... 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»

CDC: High smoking rate among Native Americans continues to climb

Cigarette use by Native Americans, already the highest in the nation, grew to 38.9 percent at a time when most other ethnic groups saw their rates dropping, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday. ... Read more»

Long after losing glamorous image, smoking keeps tight grip on mentally ill

For decades, tobacco companies relied on movie stars and sports heroes to pitch their brands, making cigarettes a symbol of sophistication and glamour. Today, the image is vastly different, with smoking largely a habit of the troubled and the poor: 44 percent of all smokers are mentally ill.... Read more»

Why Uruguay’s David & Goliath fight with big tobacco really matters

Smoking is on course to kill up to 1 billion worldwide this century, most in poor nations. Could this little South American country, in a legal fight with Philip Morris, help turn that around?... Read more»

Pall on Mall for smokers: UA campus smoking ban coming

If you're a smoker, the University of Arizona may be about to put out your fire, or at least your cigarette. If a proposed policy takes effect Aug.15, the school will ban "the use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products" on all UA property.... Read more»1

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Curious about the biggest trade deal in history? Sorry, it’s classified

Governments and big corporations can read the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but not you. Here are 6 ways it could change the world.... Read more»

Uruguay’s pot-legalizing president goes to Washington

From ganja to Guantanamo, there's a stunning array of topics for Jose Mujica and Barack Obama to discuss.... Read more»

Report: High cigarette tax fuels AZ black market

A cigarette tax higher than neighboring states and cheaper prices on American Indian reservations have helped fuel a growing black market for cigarettes in Arizona, according a study by a Washington, D.C., think tank.... Read more»

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