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Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes later on-but the opposite wasn’t true, found a new long-term study that surveyed high school students over three years. Researchers surveyed 1,408 Connecticut high school students three times, in autumn 2013, spring 2014 and autumn 2015, about their use of e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco cigarettes within the past month. Teens who reporting smoking tobacco cigarettes in 2013 or 2014 were no more likely to use e-cigarettes over the next two years than those who didn’t smoke any cigarettes. The authors recommend that more research investigate what might explain the increased risk of smoking among teens who use e-cigarettes when the opposite doesn’t occur.
Earlier this year FDA announced a new regulatory plan to lower this burden of tobacco-related disease and death. The plan takes a comprehensive approach to nicotine and tobacco, including an initiative to lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally addictive or non-addictive levels. Today, FDA is taking an additional step in their new, comprehensive approach to the regulation of nicotine and tobacco. They announced the formation of a new Nicotine Steering Committee that will be charged with re-evaluating and modernizing FDA’s approach to development and regulation of nicotine replacement therapy products that help smokers quit.
Starting Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies must run court-ordered newspaper and television advertisements that tell the American public the truth about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke, as well as the companies intentional design of cigarettes to make them more addictive. The tobacco companies must also publish the corrective statements on their websites and cigarette packs, but the implementation details are still being finalized.