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CDC Reports Another Surge in Number of Cases of Vaping-Related Illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of vaping-related illnesses has recently spiked again. There have been 805 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury linked with e-cigarette use across 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The recent surge of vaping-related illnesses has increased the spotlight and placed emphasis on the potential health risks related to e-cigarette use. They have also sparked legislative action to rein in vaping, particularly among young people. Although the cause remains unknown, invesitgators continue to search for answers. 

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FDA Proposes Graphic Warning Labels For Cigarettes

FDA proposes new required health warnings with color images for cigarette packages and advertisements to promote greater public understanding of negative health consequences of smoking. 

The proposed warnings, which feature photo-realistic color images depicting some of the lesser-known, but serious health risks of cigarette smoking, stand to represent the most significant change to cigarette labels in more than 35 years. When finalized, this rule would fulfill a requirement in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and complement additional important work the FDA is undertaking to advance the health of America’s families.

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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Approves New HPV Recommendations for Adults Up to Age 45

Each year in Alabama more than 750 cases of HPV associated cancers in both men and women will be diagnosed. According to the CDC, HPV is thought to be responsible for about 91% of cervical cancers, 75% of vaginal cancers, 69% of vulvar cancers, 63% of penile cancers, 91% of anal cancers, and 70% of oropharyngeal cancers.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) unanimously voted to expand the recommended HPV vaccine “catch-up” age for men from 21 to 26, matching the existing guidelines for women. In a 10-4 vote, the ACIP committee also recommended adults ages 27 through 45 who had not been adequately vaccinated make shared decisions with their doctors about getting vaccinated. Adults older than 45 who have not been vaccinated are not advised to do so, since HPV vaccines are not licensed for use in that age group. 

Visit the CDC ACIP page to view the full June 2019 recommendation list. 


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