CASAP News Round-up

7 April 2017| By: Kevin Trieu

Hello! Lots of news to cover today, so without further ado, here…we… go!

Report: 1 in 10 Deaths Worldwide are Caused by Smoking|According to a Global Burden of Disease Report, Smoking tobacco causes 1 in 10 deaths worldwide. The report was a study of 195 countries from 1990 to 2015. Despite the growing efforts and a better understanding about the harmful effects of smoking, we are still seeing a high prevalence of tobacco use. Tobacco Companies are constantly targeting developing countries and newer markets to advertise to. It is also important to note that 52.5% of the deaths reported occurred in just 4 countries: India, Russia, China and the US. Nothing surprising in this report. I just hope that this report and a few other would raise the global awareness about this issue even more, and finally stamp this out.

Study: 1 in 4 Youth exposed to second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes|CDC is reporting that in the past 30 days, 1 in 4 middle and high school students have been exposed to second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes. The number means that about 6.5 million teens were exposed, 4.4 millions of which, were not users at all. In the past, the US surgeon general has raised the concern over e-cigarettes harm to youth such as the exposure of nicotine or heavy metals. E-cigarettes are increasingly popular among youth and the study hopefully increases a growing body of concern over making sure our youth, are protected from these harmful substances.

FDA Nominee Mum of Flavored E-cigarette Ban|Speaking of e-cigarettesFDA nominee Scott Gottlieb, did not take a stance on flavored tobacco products, in a Senate Hearing. “I recognize there is a line here somewhere, and I don’t know where that line gets drawn,” Gottlieb said. He also mentioned that there are times where a ban may seem inappropriate and appropriate for others, but was unable to have a clear cut statement on the issue. In my personal opinion is that within his statement, therein lies the very nuanced issue of substance use. I believe that what Gottlieb is getting at is that of someone who is looking at 2 different groups: teenagers and adults (21 and over). If I, as someone who is over the age of 21, decided to have a flavored e-cigarette today for the first time, there is a very, very low chance that I will forever be addicted to e-cigarettes. However, if I were 16, and I decided to use a flavored e-cigarette for the first time, there is a greater likelihood of me becoming addicted, because of how the brain works at that time, and where the brain is on the development spectrum, and we see this all the time in substance use. If someone decided to use any drug, for the first time at age 21, science suggest that their possibility of addiction, would be relatively low vs someone deciding to use when they are 16. It is important to note, however, that Scott Gottlieb has financial interest in Kure, a vape store franchiser, according to The Hill report, but has committed in divesting from that company if he gets approved by the Senate.

Sources:

1 in 10 Deaths Worldwide news articles here and here.

E-cigarette exposure news article found here.

Scott Gottlieb article can be found here.

 

 

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