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FDA Begins Push to Cut Addictive Nicotine in Cigarettes

Federal health officials take first step to drastically cut nicotine levels in cigarettes.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, an unprecedented move designed to help smokers quit and prevent future generations from getting hooked.

The Food and Drug Administration floated the proposal last summer, but provided new details in a government filing on the potential impact of drastically cutting nicotine from cigarettes, by as much as 80 percent.

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10th Annual ACAS Health Leadership Award Ceremony

Arizonans Concerned about Smoking (ACAS) held their 10th Annual ACAS Health Leadership Award Ceremony. This ceremony recognizes tobacco control leadership in the state of Arizona.


The Arizona Smoke-Free Living Coalition was beyond excited that one of our amazing partners, City of Tucson Department of Housing and Community Development Management were honored for their exceptional work and commitment to smoke-free living. Congratulations to all the awardees for their work towards tobacco control. To learn more about the awardees and view pictures from the ceremony, click here:   ...
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Cigarette Smoking During Pregnancy: United States, 2016

Data from the National Vital Statistics System
  • In 2016, 7.2% of women who gave birth smoked cigarettes during pregnancy.
  • Prevalence of smoking during pregnancy was highest for women aged 20–24 (10.7%), followed by women aged 15–19 (8.5%) and 25–29 (8.2%).
  • Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native women had the highest prevalence of smoking during pregnancy (16.7%); non-Hispanic Asian women had the lowest (0.6%).
  • The prevalence of smoking during pregnancy was highest among women with a completed high school education (12.2%), and second-highest among women with less than a high school education (11.7%).
Figure 1 is a map showing the prevalence of cigarette smoking during pregnancy for each state and District of Columbia for 2016 compared with the national prevalence. Learn more......
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Tobacco hurts more than your lungs – it damages the communities that grow it

The Kipembawe Division is hidden in the southern highlands of south-west Tanzania, a long seven-hour drive north from the city of Mbeya. The scenery is stunning, yet when you look closer you can see that tobacco plants dominate agricultural areas, and the sound of trees being felled is a constant background noise. Just the word “tobacco” conjures up vivid imagery of death and disease, as depicted on graphic cigarette packets and through hard-hitting anti-smoking campaigns. Read more......
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