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Massachusetts sues Juul.
Here’s a story about how Juul got an entire generation addicted to nicotine.
 
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey catalogs new findings about how Juul targeted and sold its addictive products to kids.
 
She alleges at its launch, Juul cast ten young trendsetters to appear in its ads. The company plastered ads all over the Internet targeted directly at kids and teenagers, placing ads on Cartoon Network, Nick.com, NickJr.com, Seventeen, and so forth. They sent their products to young influencers. And then came the flavors. Juul sold and shipped e-cigarettes to underage kids through its website.
 
One in three Massachusetts high school students has used an e-cigarette in the past month. Teenagers are 16 times more likely to be Juul users than people in their 20s.
 
"You cannot profit off the addiction of young people without consequences," she says. "We’re suing Juul."
 
View Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s video here.
 
Juul bought ads appearing on Cartoon Network and other youth sites, suit claims
 
This article provides even more damning evidence uncovered by the Massachusetts lawsuit about Juul’s determination to market to kids.
 
For its initial launch, Juul hired a marketing firm that would have branded Juuls as new technology tools for adult e-cigarette vapers. But Juul abandoned that idea and instead developed a youth-oriented campaign.
 
The lawsuit contains a long list of websites on which Juul placed its ads. A few include educational sites like basic-mathematics.com, coolmath.com, purplemath.com, and socialstudiesforkids.com. Others target young girls with ads on sites like dailydressupgames.com, girlgames.com, and games2girls.com. The list also makes clear Juul was targeting even younger children, placing adds on allfreekidscrafts.com, hellokids.com, and kidsgameheroes.com.
 
Dr. Robert Jackler, Stanford University School of Medicine, says the lawsuit “adds to the compelling body of evidence that the viral uptake of Juul among youth was neither unanticipated nor unintentional as the company maintains, but rather a result of a comprehensive and purposeful effort by the company to recruit underage users.”
 
Other states suing Juul include Pennsylvania, Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, and North Carolina, as well as the District of Columbia.

Read New York Times article here
Read Massachusetts lawsuit, if you can stomach it, here.

 
Vapers show cancer-associated biological changes similar to smokers
 
Researchers find that people who vape have similar chemical changes in their DNA as people who smoke. These changes can cause genes to malfunction and are found in human cancers and other serious diseases.
 
This doesn’t mean vapers will develop cancer, lead researcher Ahmad Besaratinia, PhD, says, “but what we are seeing is that the same changes in chemical tags detectable in tumors from cancer patients are also found in people who vape or smoke, presumably due to exposure to cancer-causing chemicals present in cigarette smoke and, generally at much lower levels, in electronic cigarettes’ vapor.”
 
The same research group conducted an earlier study of epithelial cells taken from the mouths of vapers and smokers. That study found abnormal gene expression in a large number of genes linked to cancer.
 
Read University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine summary here.
Read Epigenetics study abstract here.

 
CDC update:
2,758 cases of severe lung injuries, 64 deaths
 
Emergency department visits related to e-cigarettes and vaping continue to decline as the graph above shows. As of February 4, 2020, 2,758 cases had been identified, including 64 deaths.
 
THC-containing e-cigarettes or vaping products are linked to most of these cases and play a major role in the outbreak. Vitamin E acetate is strongly linked to the outbreak. However, evidence is not sufficient to rule out other chemicals of concern as well.
 
Read CDC update here.

 
NFIA releases 25th podcast
from our Science Advisory Board
 
In our final podcast in this series, Marilyn Huestis, PhD, discusses the following key points: 1) 1999 Institute of Medicine stated no medicine should be smoked and there was a critical need for research, 2) the National Academies of Medicine looked at this again in 2017, 3) This presented an unbiased look at where we are now, and 4) there are lessons to be learned from Colorado about marijuana-infused edibles.
 
Listen to Dr. Huestis on Marijuana Edibles here.
 
This podcast concludes a series titled “What Do I Need to Know about Marijuana,” recorded by the world-renowned researchers who serve on National Families in Action’s Science Advisory Board. The complete list of podcasts in the series, which can be accessed here, follows. 

 
Wilson Compton, MD
If Marijuana is Medicine, How Can It Hurt Me?
What are Epidiolex, Marinol, Cesamet, and Syndros?
Predicting Future Marijuana Problems
More on Executive Function, What is the ABCD Study
 
Mahmoud ElSohly, PhD
What is Involved in Growing Research-Grade Marijuana?
Does Marijuana Reduce Opioid Use, Deaths?
Can Marijuana Cure Brain Cancer?
Is Marijuana the Same as Epidiolex?
 
Michael Kuhar, PhD
Medical Marijuana
How Does Marijuana Work in the Brain?
Understanding Marijuana Studies
 
Marilyn Huestis, PhD
Safe & Effective Medicines
More on Executive Function
Marijuana & Driving
Chronic Frequent Marijuana Use
State Regulations to Ensure Road Safety
How Other Nations Ensure Road Safety
Marijuana Tolerance
How Marijuana Affects Kids
Israel’s Experience & Advice for Researchers
Marijuana Edibles
 
Ryan Vandrey, PhD
What Does Marijuana Use Do to My Brain?
Marijuana & Opioids
Can States Regulate Marijuana Like FDA Does?
Marijuana Edibles, CBD, & What is Synthesis?

 
Where there’s a will, there’s a way: Colorado restricts marijuana advertising, so cannabis companies are sponsoring highways
 
Marijuana companies have found a workaround to bypass Colorado’s strict limits on marijuana advertising. They sponsor a highway, which enables them to put their names on the state’s Clean Colorado road signs.
 
It turns out that marijuana companies are the largest group of sponsors in the state, amounting to 66 percent of roadside sponsors. They pay for professional crews to clean up their stretch of highway, often located near an exit that leads to their business.
 
Colorado regulators prohibit marijuana businesses from advertising on TV, radio, and in print unless they can prove the audience is age 21 or older. However, a new law effective in January allows marijuana companies to leverage outdoor media, such as billboards. Those will be prohibited within 500 feet of a school, place of worship, and playgrounds and will still be subject to local regulations.
 
Read Denver Post story here.

 

Correction

In last week’s issue, an article about a new report titled Marijuana Use and Public Health in Alaska – 2020 stated incorrectly that the report covers marijuana-involved traffic crashes. While the report covers many other marijuana-related public-health measures, it does not include any about traffic crashes.
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William F. Carter, Chairman of the Board, Coldwell Banker Atlanta. Sue Rusche, President and CEO, Atlanta. Richard L. Brown, Secretary, Attorney (Ret.), Founder & Chairman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Jeannine F. Adams, Director, President and CEO, J. Addams & Partners, Atlanta. Jack L. Arbiser, MD, PhD, Director, Thomas J. Lawley Professor of Dermatology, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta. LLP, Atlanta. Debbie Berndt, Director, Parent Movement 2.0, Walnut Creek, California. Margarita Eberline, Director, Strategy Director, Ultim Marketing, Atlanta. Robert Margolis, PhD, Director, Founder, Caron Solutions Intensive Outpatient Program, Roswell, Georgia. Shannon Murphy, MD, FAAP, Director, Birmingham, Alabama.
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Kent “Oz” Nelson, Chairman and CEO (Ret.), United Parcel Service, Atlanta.
 

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