Although smoking rates for adults in the US are at their lowest recorded levels, more must be done to stop children from using tobacco, according to a new set of policy statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The statements, published Monday, are the association’s first tobacco policy update since 2015. They’re based on newer science and better reflect how many children now use e-cigarettes as more kid-friendly products have flooded the market.
AAP policy statements are created by expert pediatricians to help leaders craft more effective public health policy and to guide physicians on how to keep kids safe – in this case, from tobacco. READ MORE
Smoking and vaping will be banned in more outdoor public spaces under proposed new laws, while smokers will be offered incentives to quit as the South Australian government seeks to cut down on tobacco use.
The state government said the proposed laws would extend smoking and vaping bans to areas near schools, shopping centres, beaches, buildings and sporting grounds.
Cigarette vending machines in licensed venues would be outlawed, and fines for selling or supplying tobacco to minors would be doubled. READ MORE
E-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs has agreed to pay $462m (£372m) to settle claims by six US states after being accused of targeting teenagers.
Several states also accused the firm of falsely marketing its vapes as less addictive than cigarettes.
The firm did not admit wrongdoing and said the latest deal was part of its "commitment to resolve issues from the company's past".
The deal means Juul has now settled cases for more than $1bn. READ MORE
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