Hawaii has become the first state to raise the legal tobacco use age to 21.

The law prohibits people under the age of 21 from smoking, buying, or possessing tobacco products.

The law specifically includes electronic smoking devices, defined as "any electronic product that can be used to aerosolize and deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling the device, an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, or electronic pipe, and any cartridge or other component of the device or related product."

Flavored cigarettes, banned more than five years ago by the Food and Drug Administration, are still popular and available online, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine researchers found.

Researchers searched the internet and found that there were 291 percent more online searches for the company's illegal flavored cigarettes than its replacement cigars. The latter are still legal.

To conduct the study, researchers monitored certain online search terms related to flavored cigarettes and cigars made by the company Djarum.

A French study found that 69 percent of e-cigarette users believe the devices can help a person quit tobacco smoking and are not as concerned about how possible toxins in e-cigarette vapors might affect them and those around them. They also think vapor is less harmful than secondhand smoke.

"Vapers" (people who use e-cigarettes) appear to have a different view of reality, compared with everyone else, said lead study author Dr. Sebastien Couraud, a doctor of respiratory medicine and thoracic oncology at Lyon Sud Hospital and Lyon University Cancer Institute in France.

Has your coalition had enough of vaping, hookah bars, and e-cigarettes being marketed to your community? Learn how your coalition can help prevent history from repeating itself at “Back to the Future: The Vape Shop, Hookah and E-Cigarette Challenge,” a course at CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute.

Legacy, a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating the first tobacco-free generation, is offering grants to public community colleges across the country to support efforts to advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100 percent smoke-free or 100 percent tobacco-free policy. Grants are $5,000 per year, with up to two years of funding.

Applications are due Aug. 6.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a report “State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco Use Among Adults Aged 18 years –United States, 2011-2013.” This report provides the most recent state-specific estimates of prevalence and relative percent change in current cigarette smoking, current smokeless tobacco use, and concurrent cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use among US adults using data from the 2011-2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that from 2003 to 2013, levels of past month underage cigarette smoking among those aged 12 to 17 have dropped significantly in 49 out of 50 states and in the District of Columbia.

The only state that did not experience a statistically significant decline was Utah which traditionally has one of the lowest levels of underage cigarette smoking in the nation. During this period Utah experienced a slight decline from about 6.6 percent in 2003 to 5.4 percent in 2013.  

More than 20 percent of the global population smoke tobacco and five percent have an alcohol use disorder. That’s according to Global Statistics on Addictive Behaviours: 2014 Status Report, a collection of the most recent, up-to-date data on addictive disorders worldwide, published in the journal Addiction.

Faiths United Against Tobacco and the Centers for Disease Control – Office on Smoking and Health invite you to a webinar on the importance of addressing tobacco use with members within the faith-based community. The webinar, “It Takes Faith: Addressing Tobacco Use within the Faith Community,” will be available at both 1 and 7 p.m. EST May 13.

Strategizer 56: Creating Healthy, Tobacco-Free Environments highlights recommendations by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (TFCPS) to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.Using data analysis and conclusions from various sources, Strategizer 56 provides strategies coalitions can implement at the local level to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

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