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TUFTS TO REMOVE SACKLER NAME FROM BUILDINGS, PROGRAMS

By Deirdre Fernandes, The Boston Globe, December, 2019

“Tufts University announced Thursday that it will strip the Sackler name from the buildings and programs on its medical campus, after a report censured the school for its relationship with the family behind OxyContin, an opioid blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths nationwide.”


MASSACHUSETTS ADOPTS TOUGH BAN ON FLAVORED VAPING, TOBACCO PRODUCTS

By Nate Raymond, Reuters, November 2019

“Baker’s administration beginning in September had moved to temporarily ban on all vaping product sales. That ban will remain in effect until Dec. 11 while new vaping regulations are adopted in light of the first ban passed by a state legislature.”


THE MASSACHUSETTS VAPING BAN WILL END EARLY, BUT THERE’S A CATCH

By Spencer Buell, Boston Magazine, November 2019

“It’s over December 11, but it’ll be a whole new world for e-cigarette users. Here’s what you need to know.”


MASSACHUSETTS GOV. CHARLIE BAKER SIGNS NEW BAN ON TOBACCO, VAPE FLAVORS, MENTHOL CIGARETTES

By WCVB 5 ABC News Boston, November 2019

“Massachusetts’ governor signed into law (November 27, 2019) a groundbreaking ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s signature makes Massachusetts the first to enact a permanent statewide ban, anti-smoking groups said. “


MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS APPROVE BILL BANNING FLAVORED TOBACCO AND LEVYING 75% EXCISE TAX ON E-CIGARETTES

By William Feuer, CNBC, November 2019

  • The bill would make Massachusetts the first state to ban menthol cigarettes, which anti-smoking advocates say are designed to appeal to children.
  • It would also impose a 75% tax on e-cigarettes and improve access to smoking cessation programs.
  • Passage comes as a mysterious lung disease that U.S. officials have traced to vaping has sickened more than 2,100 and killed 42 people.

MASSACHUSETTS SHOULD BAN FLAVORED TOBACCO

Opinion: By Sarah J. Ryan, Boston College Freshman, & National Youth Ambassador for Tobacco Free Kids


THE PRESSURE ON KIDS-THEY’RE BORN INTO IT

By Kirk Carapezza, WGBH, November 2019

This story is the first part of WGBH four-part series, “Stressed And Depressed On Campus.”


COHASSET’S YOUTH AMBASSADORS LEAD NIGHT OF FUN & GAMES FOR YOUNG & OLD

By Quinn Kelly, Cohasset Mariner, November 2019

“Safe Harbor Coalition’s Youth Ambassador program teamed up with Willcutt Commons to host Cohasset’s first ever ‘Intergenerational Game Night.’ The event … gathered seniors and Cohasset students for a night of food, fun, and games.”


THE DOCTOR IS IN: ANSWERING YOUR MARIJUANA QUESTIONS

VIDEO: By U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Nation’s Doctor, VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., answers top questions about marijuana. The U.S. Surgeon General addresses marijuana-related questions he often receives including those related to the chemical composition and potency of today’s marijuana, associated risks, and what parents and teachers can say to young people about marijuana.

For more information visit, www.surgeongeneral.gov


YOUNG MAN’S NICOTINE ADDICTION IS SUBJECT OF LAWSUIT AGAINST JUUL

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe, November 2019

“A Taunton lawyer is suing the San Francisco-based e-cigarette company over its marketing practices, accusing Juul of causing 24-year-old Michael Glick to develop a severe nicotine addiction through aggressive efforts to get teens and young adults to start vaping.”


WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE VAPE BAN

By Naomi Martin, The Boston Globe, November 2019

“Many doctors praised the ban, but some public health advocates warned it could encourage consumers to purchase dangerous vapes on the illicit market. Local vape shops and a nationwide vaping trade group sued the state, alleging the ban would financially ruin them and was unhelpful for public health. Four medical marijuana patients were allowed to join that lawsuit.”


VAPING ILLNESS ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ POINTS TO VITAMIN E OIL AS A CAUSE, CDC SAYS

By Erika Edwards, NBC News, November 2019

“Investigators tested samples of fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients with vaping illness in 10 different states, and found vitamin E acetate in all 29. No other oils, such as mineral oil or plant oils, were found at high levels.”


17 CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR ANXIOUS KIDS

By Taylor Pitman, HuffPost Life

“Anxiety and worry can creep up on your kids when you least suspect it. Luckily there’s a solid stable of books that parents can turn to as they help their little ones better cope.”

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FOR POT USERS, A CRINGE-INDUCING SIDE EFFECT

By Naomi Martin, The Boston Globe, November 2019

“Since recreational marijuana became legal in Massachusetts three years ago, hospitals have noticed more cases of a rare illness afflicting a small portion of heavy cannabis consumers.”

“The condition, called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, can be horrific for patients, causing intense abdominal pain, nausea, and days-long vomiting episodes that are strangely relieved by hot showers or baths. The illness can be cured by quitting pot.”


E-CIGARETTES HURT HEART HEALTH, POSSIBLY MORE THAN REGULAR CIGARETTES

By Erika Edwards, NBC News, November 2019

“In two separate studies that will presented at the upcoming meeting of the American Heart Association, e-cigarettes use was shown to impact cholesterol, as well as the body’s ability to pump blood.”



US TEEN VAPING NUMBERS JUMP, FUELED BY JUUL, MINT FLAVOR

By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press, November 2019

“The government report, surveying almost 20,000 young people, also found that Juul is the preferred brand for 60 percent of high school e-cigarette users. Most of them used flavored e-cigarettes and among those who did, nearly 60 percent favored mint or menthol.”


A DRUG LOOPHOLE WAS CLOSED — WHY ISN’T IT BEING ENFORCED?

By Juliette Kayyem, faculty chair of the Homeland Security project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, November 2019

“Under the STOP Act, by the end of 2018 the postal service was required to have AED on all packages from China and on 70 percent of international packages overall. Yet, thanks to a bipartisan Senate letter criticizing the postal service’s failure, we learned that the agency fell significantly short. “


WHEN TEXTS BECOME OBSESSIONS

By Maria Cramer and Gal Tziperman Lotan, The Boston Globe, November 2019

“The prosecution of a former Boston College student who is accused of driving her boyfriend to suicide with tens of thousands of sometimes abusive messages highlighted the social challenges many young people face in an age of compulsive communication — how to maintain healthy boundaries when the text exchanges rarely stop, intruding on their time at home, at meals, even when they’re asleep.”