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The advent of vaccines has helped curb preventable diseases, including polio and whooping cough, but what about a vaccine to treat addiction, like tobacco use? While it may be years before a vaccine is available to treat tobacco use and other addictions, scientists have been exploring opportunities to use vaccines as a smoking cessation aid.
On May 20, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and Public Health Law and Policy filed comments with the Food and Drug Administration, asking it to amend its â€śDraft Guidance for Industry: Compliance with Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents.â€ť The Guidance states that the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) does not restrict the distribution of free samples of cigars, little cigars, pipe tobacco and other â€śtobacco products.â€ť
Public Health Law Network Offers Free Webinar: â€śFracking â€“ Is it Just a Dirty Word?â€ť
The Public Health Law Network is pleased to offer a free hour-long webinar on Thursday, May 19, 1-2 p. m. (ET), entitled â€śâ€śFracking â€“ Is It Just a Dirty Word? Environmental and Public Health Considerations of Hydrofracturing.â€ť Hyrofracturing, or â€śfracking,â€ť is a process for removing natural gas from rock formations deep beneath the earthâ€™s surface. New approaches to fracking are raising significant questions about whether the process creates unreasonable risk to human and environmental health.
Webinar presenters are: Josh Fox, filmmaker of documentary on fracking, â€śGaslandâ€ť; Conrad D. Volz, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., assistant professor of environmental & occupational health, University of Pittsburgh; and John Quigley, M.P.A., principal, John H Quigley LLC. For more information, click here.