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CAB’s Ryan Coffman: Keep Flavor Restrictions to Protect Kids

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The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published a powerful op-ed by Ryan Coffman, tobacco policy and control program manager for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health – and a member of our Community Advisory Board. Ryan blasted the tobacco industry for suing to overturn legislation passed by the Philadelphia City Council that restricts the sale of candy-flavored [...]

ASPiRE, Tobacco-Free Kids team up to spread the word about retail density

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ASPiRE recently joined the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to conduct a nationwide media campaign to publicize the center’s research on tobacco retail density in 30 U.S. cities. The two-week campaign reached over 3 million broadcast viewers, radio listeners and on-line readers in more than two dozen of the nation’s largest media markets. It also resulted [...]

CDC call for papers

In its call for papers, “Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Population Health in Diverse Communities and Settings,” Preventing Chronic Disease invites authors to submit manuscripts describing innovative and effective work that addresses factors contributing to health disparities and improvement of population health. The CDC cites a range of community-based, technically innovative, and clinically driven prevention [...]

COVID-19 puts some tobacco control efforts on hold

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be having a dramatic effect on local tobacco-control efforts across the U.S. Personnel have been repurposed in whole or in part to focus on responding to the virus, while the enforcement of tobacco regulations has been put on the back burner, if not entirely frozen. In Philadelphia, for example, the [...]

New FDA flavor guidance has exemptions

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New FDA guidance on flavors went into effect on Feb. 6, prohibiting sales of cartridge-based e-cigarettes that are not flavored with menthol or tobacco. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids warned that exemptions in the flavor restrictions mean the new rules “will not stop the youth e-cigarette epidemic that is addicting a generation of our kids.” Learn [...]

Tobacco 21 goes nationwide, but …

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Federal rules went into effect on Dec. 20 setting the minimum age at 21 for tobacco purchases nationwide.  However, the Public Law Health Center (PHLC), an ASPiRE CAB organizational member, advised that because state and local authorities won’t have the power to enforce the federal rules, efforts to pass Tobacco 21 at the state and [...]

Philadelphia and Massachusetts ban flavored tobacco, vaping products

On Dec. 18, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed three bills into law to restrict the sale of vaping and tobacco products. The bills restrict the sale of vaping products to adults-only stores that require customers to be at least 18, restrict the sale of flavored cigarillos, and ban vaping on city property. The city plans [...]