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FDA finalizes enforcement of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes that appeal to children

Amid the epidemic levels of youth use of e-cigarettes and the popularity of certain products among children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Under this policy, companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized...

Kentucky Teacher: Taking on electronic cigarettes, students join forces to stop the epidemic

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky teacher E-cigs. E-vape. E-hookah. Electronic cigarettes may have many aliases, but it can’t hide from the alarming statistics. According to the Kentucky Incentives for Prevention 2018 statewide trends report, electronic cigarette use doubled or nearly doubled in 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students, the only grades that were included in the survey, from 2016 to...

FDA cracking down on youth e-cigarette use; proposes ban on menthol flavored tobacco products

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed Thursday to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes and cigars, and restrict the sales of some flavored electronic-cigarette liquids, some flavored cigars and the removal of e-cigarettes that are marketed to youth. The proposals are aimed at curbing teen use of e-cigarettes and follow the release of data showing that teen...

FDA targeting cheap knockoffs of popular Juul e-cigarettes in latest effort to curb vaping among teens

Kentucky Health News Cheap knock-offs of the Juul electronic cigarettes popular with teens have been showing up in stores and online, “despite a U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule banning the sale of new e-cigarette products after August 2016 without regulatory approval,” Chris Kirkham reports for Reuters. A used package of Juul cartridges, found on aFrankfort sidewalk. (Photo by Al...

Mitch McConnell: A year of extraordinary progress has Senate poised for productive 2018 session

In November 2016, the American people sent President Trump to the White House and Republican majorities back to Congress. We worked together to make 2017, by any objective standard, a year of extraordinary accomplishment. While the national media may overlook or downplay any of these successes, the fact remains that Congress has achieved a number of priorities this past year for the people we represent. One...

FDA delays rules restricting electronic cigarettes, could endorse them as an aid to stop smoking

“Electronic-cigarette makers won a major reprieve on Friday when the Food and Drug Administration delayed regulations that could have removed many of their products from the market and opened the door to endorsing e-cigarettes as a means to get smokers to quit,” Sheila Kaplan reports for The New York Times. In an interview, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, a physician, “sounded notably...

Smart HealthToday: E-cigarettes are now regulated by the FDA, but product remains controversial

By Rory Glynn SmartHealthToday The Food and Drug Administration issued its long-awaited first regulations on e-cigarettes in 2016. But controversy surrounding them hasn’t exactly vanished in a puff of smoke. The widely expected move, announced over a year ago in May 2016, requires manufacturers of so-called Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or ENDS – including e-cigarettes and also vaporizers,...