SCAN Bulletin #141                                                                                 May 18, 2023
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It was a year ago today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rules to remove menthol cigarettes and all flavored cigars from the U.S. marketplace, a historic move to help end the enormous harm resulting from the predatory and deadly practices of the tobacco industry. As we continue to wait for a final rule, Truth Initiative is calling on the FDA to take action without any further delay to get these deadly, flavored combustible products off the market and put the health of Americans over tobacco industry profits in a bold and meaningful way. READ MORE
Vaping lures the youth into nicotine addiction

A 12-year-old girl has told how she started vaping at age 6.

The girl, one of a group in school uniform aged between 12 and 16, talked about the habit as they passed a vape between them in Rotorua.

“I started vaping when I was 6 years old,” the now 12-year-old girl said.

She said her older brother bought her vapes. READ MORE

The Portuguese government has announced draft legislation that would restrict tobacco sales and ban smoking in covered outdoor terraces and near schools, hospitals and sports venues in an attempt to create a smoke-free generation by 2040.

The health minister, Manuel Pizarro, said the proposals were intended to tackle tobacco use and not to punish smokers or business owners. “This is a bill that takes firm steps towards promoting health and protecting people from exposure to tobacco smoke,” he said on Thursday. READ MORE
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