The Weekly: FDA proposes ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, childhood vaccinations slip in the U.S. and more

Published on April 29, 2022

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In a milestone, FDA proposes ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

THURSDAY, April 28 (The Washington Post) — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning menthol cigarettes, a landmark action applauded by leading health and civil rights groups that say the industry has a history of aggressively marketing to Black communities and causing severe harm, including higher rates of smoking-related illness and death.

The FDA also proposed prohibiting flavors in cigars, including in small ones called cigarillos that are popular among teenagers.

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Harm reduction, hepatitis C and how we can reduce liver cancer

The Department of Health and Human Services has signed on to the bold goal set by the World Health Organization to reduce viral hepatitis by 2030. However, recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites new hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections have more than tripled in the last five years as a result of the ongoing opioid crisis in the U.S. People who contract hepatitis B or hepatitis C are at the greatest risk for liver cancer. According to the CDC, approximately 65% of the active cases of liver cancer are related to viral hepatitis B or C, with nearly 50% attributable to hepatitis C alone.

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