Overall tobacco use by middle and high school students has not changed since 2011, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Tobacco ‘combustible’ cigarettes cost less to purchase than equivalent amounts of e-cigarettes in 44 of 45 countries sampled around the world, according to a new American Cancer Society study.

The study, appearing in Tobacco Control, concludes the gap exists despite the fact that e-cigarettes are not yet widely subjected to comparable excise taxes as ‘combustible’ cigarettes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released today their “Evaluation of the National Tips From Former Smokers Campaign: the 2014 Longitudinal Cohort.”

A new special supplement released by the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research contains a collection of reports comprising original investigations, reviews and commentaries that provide some answers to questions about disparities between African-Americans and Caucasians regarding the use and health impact of tobacco products.

High rates of smoking in the United States expose more than 88 million people to secondhand smoke on a regular basis. Despite all the evidence detailing the dangers of tobacco use, teens and young adults continue to smoke at very high rates in the United States. More than 3 million middle and high school students smoke cigarettes and more and more young people are turning to flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

The California Assembly voted late last week to raise the smoking age to 21, regulate electronic cigarettes and take a variety of other steps aiming to restrict access to tobacco, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

California would become one of the first states to raise the smoking age from 18, joining dozens of cities around the country that have already moved to the higher limit.

Proponents of the measure said it will be more difficult for teens to get access to tobacco because 18-year-old high school students would not be able to buy it for their underage friends.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx this week announced a final rule that explicitly bans the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights. The final rule applies to all scheduled flights of United States and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to, and from the U.S. 

This week, the Food and Drug Administration published a Federal Register notice opening a public docket to gather scientific information on water pipes and water pipe tobacco, commonly referred to as hookah tobacco. 

The FDA is seeking data, information, and comments about the current state of the science, including product use and design, smoke constituents, environmental impacts, and the impact of marketing these products on population health, including on both users and non-users. The docket will be open through April 29.

CADCA and the Geographic Health Equity Alliance have developed an educational supplement aimed at teaching young people and parents about the harms and effects of tobacco use. The supplement, which is intended to be used in the classroom, explains the science around the effects of tobacco use and its link to cancer and other chronic diseases and conditions.

Through With Chew (TWC) Week, Feb. 14-20th, kicked off on Valentine’s Day. Have you mobilized your coalition to encourage your local residents to love themselves and quit using chewing tobacco and snuff? In addition, the Great American Spit Out occurs today. Share your coalitions’ pictures with us on Facebook.

The Through With Chew Week campaign’s objective is to educate people about the dangers of smokeless tobacco.