Items of Interest
On Friday, July 28, 2017, the FDA announced that it intends to pursue regulations to significantly lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to reduce their addictive properties. These policy measures would likely lower the burden of tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent millions of teens and young adults from becomming addicted.
The Truth Initiative is launching its new Tobacco-Free College Program, which offers 17-month grants for up to $20,000 to community colleges and minority-serving institutions. The deadline for applications is October 11th, 2017. The purpose of the grant is to implement a 100% tobacco-free college policy.
The Washington Post recently published an article titled "America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t" on tobacco use disparities among the poor. Although the national smoking rate is at about 15%, the smoking rate among individuals with a high school diploma is 40%.
UPDATE: In December 2016 the FDA removed its previous Boxed Warning concerning mental health side effects from both Chantix and Zyban labels. Patients should still be monitored from their health care prescriber. FDA reports clearly that taking medication to stop smoking outweighs possible side effects.