| Posted On Jun 04, 2018 | By:

Vaping: 5 Things Parents Need to Know

In the past 40 years, teens’ use of cigarettes has undergone a sharp decline, from nearly 30% of all high schools seniors smoking daily to about 4% today (we wish it were zero, but…) This trend has come about through a concerted effort to increase public health awareness and education on the dangers of cigarettes. When you ask teens about cigarettes, most will easily cite the downsides: the cancer-causing tar, the taste, the smell, the addictive force of the nicotine.

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| Posted On Jun 14, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in Tobacco Free Mass Lobby Day

Representatives from Atrius Health, including Dr. Dan Slater, Chief of Pediatrics, recently joined a large contingency of members from Tobacco Free Mass at the State House for Advocacy Day. The group is urging the passage of legislation that would impose stricter controls of tobacco products in Massachusetts – specifically House Bill 2864 and Senate Bill 1218, “An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction.”

Accompanying Dr.

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| Posted On Mar 09, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Urges Quick Passage of Omnibus Tobacco Bill

As a member of Tobacco Free Mass, a coalition of various organizations throughout the state advocating for stricter controls of tobacco products in the state, Atrius Health applauds members of the Joint Committee on Public Health who recently released a comprehensive tobacco bill (S 2152).

The bill, which includes components of eight tobacco bills filed this session, builds on actions already taken at the local level across many Massachusetts communities.

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| Posted On Sep 16, 2015 | By:

E-cigarettes and Kids: A Harmful Combination

Despite very successful anti-tobacco campaigns over the past several years that have greatly diminished cigarette use among tweens and teens, e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products are rising quickly in popularity. In 2014, survey results found more teens used e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes: 9% of 8th graders, 16% of 10th graders, and 17% of 12th graders used e-cigarettes, compared to 4%, 7%, and 14% for regular cigarettes, respectively.

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| Posted On May 11, 2015 | By:

Massachusetts Attorney General Takes on E-Cigarettes

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy recently held a public hearing on proposed regulations that would take on the alarming increase of so-called “e-cigarettes” in the state by treating electronic devices used to deliver nicotine like cigarettes.  Free samples of nicotine vapor products would be banned, child-proof packaging on nicotine liquids would be mandatory, a minimum purchase age of 18 would be put in place, and retail stores would be required to keep the products behind the counter at stores.

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