Recent news reports have touted that e-cigarettes are “95% safer than cigarettes” after Public Health England used the statistic in an announcement that the harm-reduction potential of e-cigarettes should be promoted. That statistic, the source of which is problematic, is now being used and misrepresented by many sources. The fact remains that stringent regulation of all tobacco products is the safest path forward for public health.
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Local government planners have historically played an important role in preventing and curbing dangerous health conditions such as cholera, yellow fever and diphtheria. Today, planners have the opportunity to address chronic health issues, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
Nicotine is an acute toxin that can cause vomiting, seizures, respiratory failure, and death if consumed in even a small dose. For example, one teaspoon of a solution with a nicotine concentration level of 1.8 percent could be fatal to a 200-pound person. A considerably smaller amount would be fatal to a child.
Imagine you are a new mother planning to return to work following your maternity leave. You’ve heard the recommendations from international and national health organizations to continue exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby’s life. Because of these recommendations and the countless health benefits associated with breastfeeding for both you and your baby, you decide to continue breastfeeding.
A recent ruling in a case about the labeling of meat products could have significant implications for tobacco control and many other areas of public health. The American Meat Institute v. United States Dept. of Agriculture case concerns mandatory disclosures to consumers. Mandatory disclosure laws play a crucial role in protecting public health, safety and the environment.
It was a small thing, really. Just one statement. But as small things often do, it made a difference.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently took a small but important step in tobacco product regulation. The agency started the process to bring e-cigarettes, cigars, dissolvable tobacco products, and hookah under its regulatory authority. When the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act became law in 2009, the FDA was only required to regulate cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and roll-your-own tobacco.
A number of provisions in Affordable Care Act (ACA) promote investments in public health and transformative changes to the health insurance system. The law also prescribes modifications to the health care delivery system that have the potential to make significant and lasting impact on how our country supports new strategies to improve population health outcomes.
Tobacco has dominated headlines lately. On Wednesday, CVS pharmacy announced that it will stop selling tobacco products by October. Some localities, such as Boston and San Francisco, already prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
Leading national public health advocates filed a Citizen Petition on April 12, 2013, urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exercise its regulatory power, and to protect America’s health by prohibiting menthol as a characterizing flavoring in cigarettes. The historic menthol petition was delivered to FDA offices by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium on behalf of 19 public health organizations.