Daily Archives: July 3, 2009

Concerns about e-cigs are growing

Electronic cigarettes can be found everywhere nowadays, from giant hypermarkets and malls to small shops. Their popularity is growing with a breakneck speed. It looks like a new type of a mass infection, since everyone is talking about this miraculous device which according to its producers and distributors is the most advanced tool in the war with smoking.

Feds set new restrictions on tobacco marketing

How Congress Really Works

Henry Waxman is to Congress what Ted Williams was to baseball - a natural. As you read this nicely proportioned, fast- paced book, you realize that Waxman was born to be a member of the House, ideally the chairman of an important committee. He’s just five-feet-five, he’s woefully short of hair, he’s neither charming nor funny, but none of that has mattered. Waxman has been one of the most effective members of Congress for 35 years.

Congress was wrong to accept new tobacco law

The 111th Congress of the United States’ acceptance of the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” represents a blow to the liberties of Americans and further erosion to the integrity of the Constitution of the United States. The act gives massive new powers to the FDA in all things tobacco related. Under the new law all businesses involved in the production, processing, packaging and distribution of tobacco must register with the FDA and comply with unwarranted FDA inspections.

Obama admits he still lights up

When it comes to advising children on smoking, U.S. President Barack Obama’s message is turning out to be less than ideal — do as I say, not as I do.

Smokers fuming over cigarette tax hike

Steve Hoffman, of Lighthouse Point, feels a bit bullied these days.

Regulation of Tobacco Products

Tobacco products are responsible for more than 430,000 deaths each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report an estimated 60 million adults smoke cigarettes in the United States, even though this behavior will result in death or disability for half of all regular users. Paralleling this enormous health burden is the economic burden of tobacco use, which is estimated to total $193 billion annually in medical expenditures and lost productivity. Curbing the significant adverse consequences of tobacco use is one of the most important public health goals of our time.

Movie characters who smoke influence teens to do the same

Dartmouth researchers have determined that movie characters who smoke, regardless of whether they are “good guys” or “bad guys,” influence teens to try smoking. The study, published in the July 2009 issue of the journal Pediatrics, is titled “Adolescent Smoking: Who Matters More, Good Guys or Bad Guys?”

FDA Warning on Mental Health Events to be Required for Chantix and Zyban

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is requiring manufacturers to put a Boxed Warning on the prescribing information for the smoking cessation drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion). The warning will highlight the risk of serious mental health events including changes in behavior, depressed mood, hostility, and suicidal thoughts when taking these drugs.