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Florida Youth Advocates on the Track for Success in Flagler County

Three Flagler County teens, as part of Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), are seeing progress in their effort to raise the age in Florida. Daniel Thomas, Kamrin Bunn, and Bella Giuliano have been working on raising the age since November and have seen good community buy-in. Traveling to individual City Councils for support before approaching the Board of County Commissioners, they are working locally and garnering support from key stakeholders in their communities. Youth advocates like Thomas, Bunn, and Giuliano are key to creating successful Tobacco 21 campaigns. Check out the link above for The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s article highlighting the great effort put forth by these youth advocates.

-EB

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Oregon Sets it’s Sights on Tobacco 21

HB 2735 was introduced to the Oregon Legislature this week. The bill was highlighted during a roll-out press conference on February 1st. Our Western Regional Director, Eric Brodell, was there to support the statewide effort and provide comment to the media. Check out the article linked at the top of this synopsis for a more in-depth look at the press conference.

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Texas is Optimistic About Tobacco 21

Senator Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, seems to have more momentum moving into the 2017 Legislative Session in Texas than in years past. Bi-partisan support points toward a brighter future for a minimum legal sales age increase.

Texas recognizes that smoking related disease is still the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. contributing to hundreds of thousands of lives lost, even more various morbidities, and millions of dollars in health care expenditures among many more negative effects.

By dedicating their time and effort to raising the MLSA of all tobacco products to 21 in Texas, lawmakers forge a brighter future for their youth, one free of a deadly and expensive addiction. Follow the link at the top of the description for more.

-EB

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FDA’s Word on Enforcement and Compliance for Vape Shops – Draft Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration has released a draft compliance and enforcement document for vape shops falling under the deeming rule, where all shops that ‘create or modify these products are considered manufacturers under the FD&C Act and, therefore, are responsible for complying with the requirements under the law that apply to manufacturers’.

By opening a draft document to the public, the FDA offers an opportunity to educate newly-deemed retailers before such an enforcement and compliance goes into effect. The document outlines: ‘definitions, the FDA’s interpretation of and compliance policy for the label requirement in section 903(a)(2)(C) of the FD&C Act, which vape shop activities subject vape shops to certain requirements of the FD&C Act, and the limited circumstances under which FDA does not intend to enforce compliance’.

It is worth noting that the FDA intends to include ‘any establishment that performs the described activities, such as stores that sell hookah (waterpipes) or pipes’. Business owners should be aware of the impending compliance laws and their enforcement provisions. For more, read the FDA’s release linked at the top of this description.

-EB

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Vape pens produce Pavlovian-like cue among young adults who smoke

The University of Chicago recently released a study concluding that witnessing a vaporizer in use increases young adult’s urge to smoke. Similar to arguments laid out for smoking in public, cues lay heavily on this phenomena. For individuals that smoke, there was no significant difference between seeing someone use a combustible tobacco product or vaporizer when compared to desire to smoke. “The level and duration of desire to smoke among volunteers was the same whether they observed their “colleague” smoking a cigarette or using a vape pen. When the colleague drank bottled water, volunteers had no change in desire to smoke or vape.”

“We’ve made real progress on reducing smoking in our country,” King said. “We’ve done a good job banning indoor smoking. We rarely see two-pack-a-day smokers like we used to. Yet seeing people smoke in public remains common. Our study focused on a classical Pavlovian trigger, as seeing someone smoke is a known potent cue that can induce others to smoke. We did not expect that the vape pen would be as potent a cue as the regular cigarette, but it was as potent.”

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Local Orange County Expert Weighs in on T21

More support from the medical community comes in the form of Dr. Uma B. Mishra of Orange County Radiation Oncology’s open letter to Orange County leaders. His emphasis on 95% of smoking initiation happening before the age of 21 further strengthens messages and rationale from the public health and medical communities around the United States.

We at the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation also encourage Orange County to fully enforce the new minimum legal sales age law. Increased enforcement and compliance checks using youth decoys, as well as retailer education, are crucial to the success of Tobacco 21 laws. Thank you to Dr. Mishra for your public support of Tobacco 21 and its life-saving capabilities.

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