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Most HPV-related cancers can be prevented with a three-pronged approach involving vaccination, early detection of HPV-related cancers, and treatment.
Public Health Officials Push for More Effort Vaccinating Kids Against HPV
Everyday Health

2019

Brennan, Troyen; Eileen Howard Boone. "Strengthening our commitment to help end tobacco use." US News, September 3, 2019.

FIVE YEARS AGO, WE decided to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products in all CVS Pharmacy locations. It was the first step toward building an innovative health care company driven by a purpose — helping people on their path to better health. Since then, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation announced a multi-year $50 million Be The First initiative to help create the first tobacco-free generation.

The Food and Drug Administration has evaluated the effectiveness of its youth anti-smoking campaign. Short answer: it worked!

Researchers from the government agency and nonprofit RTI have found that awareness campaign The Real Cost prevented between 380,000 and 587,000 teens from starting to smoke, according to the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Sheila Kaplan. "The F.D.A.’s New Cigarette Warnings Are Disturbing. See for Yourself.." The New York Times, 8/15/19.

WASHINGTON — The corpse is gone.

So are the grief-stricken woman, the rotting teeth and the man struggling to smoke despite a hole in his windpipe.

Nine years after the Food and Drug Administration first proposed graphic images as warnings on cigarette packs but was thwarted by tobacco companies in a successful court battle, the agency announced on Thursday that it is finally issuing a new set.

 

Roan, Shari. "Public Health Officials Push for More Effort Vaccinating Kids Against HPV." Everyday Health, July 17, 2019.

Public health officials called for vast improvements in childhood vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) during a congressional briefing June 27, 2019, in Washington, DC. HPV infections, experts testified, are causing significant increases in some types of cancers at a time when many other types of cancers are declining, per a report published May 30, 2019, in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Zraick, Karen; Emily S. Rueb. "Walgreens Is Latest to Raise Vaping (and Smoking) Age to 21." The New York Times, April 23, 2019.

The drugstore chain Walgreens will stop selling tobacco products to customers under 21, the company announced on Tuesday.

Kaplan, Sheila. "Senator McConnell, a Tobacco Ally, Supports Raising Age to Buy Cigarettes." The New York Times, April 18, 2019.

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, long one of the tobacco industry’s loyal allies, said on Thursday that he would sponsor legislation to raise the minimum age to 21 for the purchase of tobacco and e-cigarettes.

2016

Richard Craver. "Study suggests graphic cigarette labels may get attention of smokers." Winston-Salem Journal, 6/6/2016.

Another study has determined graphic warning labels on cigarette packs may gain the attention of smokers better than current warning phrases, but not necessarily spur them to quit.

2014

Viehbacher, Christopher; Martin Murphy, DMedSc, PhD, FASCO. "Colorado has taken a bold step." The Gazette, March 23, 2014.

Personal lifestyle is usually risky territory for leaders even when there is compelling medical evidence supporting public action and policy. Eliminating tobacco use and promoting physical activity and healthy nutrition are important ways to prevent disease and improve health - it is evidence based.