Big Tobacco Hooked Black Americans On Menthols. Now It Fights Ban As Racial Injustice.

The tobacco industry has a long, well-documented history of targeting Black Americans with menthol cigarette advertisements, and the result is that nearly 85% of Black smokers use tobacco with the minty flavor additive

Following years of delay, the Food and Drug Administration last month proposed a nationwide ban on the sale and production of menthol cigarettes. As the effort to get menthol smokes off the market gained momentum in recent years, the industry sidled up to Black-led organizations and Black lawmakers. And new documents shared with HuffPost offer a behind-the-scenes look at how one tobacco giant is pitching itself as an ally in the fight for racial justice

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Vaping Tied to Wheezing, Shortness of Breath, Even for Nonsmokers

The use of e-cigarettes is associated with wheezing and shortness of breath in young adults and adolescents, even in those who don’t smoke cigarettes or marijuana, according to research presented at ATS 2021.

USC researchers conducted a web-based survey of 2,931 adolescents and young adults (average age: 18.9) with questions on the use of e-cigarettes, cigarettes and cannabis, along with self-reported asthma diagnosis and respiratory symptoms, over the previous 30 days. The survey was fielded between August 6 and 30, 2020 among a national convenience sample of youth and young adults aged 14-21 using Lucid, a survey management company. Recruitment, data collection, and compensation were handled by Lucid and company partners. Statistical analyses were used by the researchers to examine possible relationships among these variables.

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Lehigh University Becomes a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus

Joining more than 2,000 colleges and universities across the country as a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus, Lehigh will prohibit all tobacco use including smoking, vaping, hookahs, electronic smoking devices, and using smokeless tobacco products and chewing tobacco in all Lehigh University facilities, properties, grounds, and vehicles and across all campuses indoors and outdoors beginning August 2, 2021. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 5.6 million young Americans will die early from a smoking-related illness if smoking continues at current rates; tobacco use, both passive and active, is a significant health hazard.

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Study: Vaping Causes Cognitive Impairment, Lasting Lung Damage

Intermountain Healthcare announced the results of a new study that showed there are long-term dangers related to vaping e-cigarettes.

The study indicated there is lasting damage from vaping for some patients and not just in the lungs. Researchers are especially concerned because the majority of patients are relatively young. Before COVID-19 arrived and grabbed the attention of the medical world, many pulmonologists were focused on e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury, also known as EVALI. What they found is that not all patients completely recover.

“Were still seeing people who come to the intensive care unit with EVALI,” said Dr. Denitza Blagev, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Intermountain Healthcare and the principal investigator of the study.

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