Use of e-cigarettes among teens has skyrocketed, alarming health advocates, parents, medical professionals and educators across the state and the nation. To address this growing crisis, public health experts in Kentucky recently held a conference to discuss the latest research on e-cigarette use, the dangers it presents to teens, and how to prevent another generation from becoming to addicted to nicotine. This article presents five key takeaways from the conference and is part of KET's Smoking and Health initiative.
Recent research has revealed a significant increase in teens' use of e-cigarettes, as more than one in three high school seniors reported having tried an electronic nicotine vaporizer such as a Juul and more than one in five has vaped nicotine in the last month, according to the 2018 Monitoring the Future survey released in December. Sarah Sparks of PBS NewsHour and Education Week reports.
The Food and Drug Administration moved to ban sales of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars while announcing new guidelines for retailers selling flavored e-cigarettes in order to curb the rise in underage smoking and vaping. The ban is the biggest tobacco measure taken by the FDA in nearly a decade. Amna Nawaz interviews FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb about the moves.
The Food and Drug Administration issued its toughest crackdown yet on the makers of electronic cigarettes that have become increasingly popular with young people. Manufacturers now have two months to prove they can keep their e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors; it's already illegal for anyone under 18 to buy nicotine products. William Brangham talks with FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
Bowling Green native Brad Wheeler shares his personal journey from having a two-pack-a-day habit to being smoke free for the past 12 years. He also gives advice and encouragement to those trying to quit or trying to stay smoke free. From KET's Smoking & Health initiative.
San Francisco will soon implement the most comprehensive restrictions on e-cigarettes in the country, including all flavored tobacco products from vaping liquids to menthol cigarettes to flavored hookah. Lesley McGlurg of KQED reports on how the ban, which should take effect sometime in July, may influence similar restrictions in cities and states in the future.
Federal health officials on April 24 announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand named Juul following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a month-long operation. Investigators targeted 7-Eleven locations, Shell gas stations and Cumberland Farms convenience stores as well as vaping shops. From the Associated Press and PBS NewsHour's Health News blog.
Research shows a startling 41 percent of persons with mental illness in Kentucky use tobacco, and an increasing number of advocates and providers are calling for tobacco treatment programs specially designed for people with chronic mental and behavioral health conditions. This article investigates why smoking among this population has persisted at such high rates and shows how community mental health programs like Bridgehaven in Louisville are challenging the status quo and helping members successfully quit.