Items of Interest
Maryland General Assembly: 2018 Public Health Legislation Recap
The New York Times released an article on April 2nd titled, "‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion."
Most recent research has determined that although the majority of the population has quit smoking, many parts of the country that are low-income have not.
In Salisbury Maryland, legislation has been passed that bans smoking and vaping in all Salisbury parks, playgrounds, and other public places. Not only is a ban being put in place, but there will also be strict enforcement of fines for those in violation of the ban. The ordinance could result in a fine of up to $500, with each repeat offense likely resulting in a $1,000 fine.
On Friday, July 28, 2017, the FDA announced that it intends to pursue regulations to significantly lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to reduce their addictive properties. These policy measures would likely lower the burden of tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent millions of teens and young adults from becomming addicted.