Overnight Regulation: FDA campaign targets smoking in LGBT community

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THE BIG STORY

The Food and Drug Administration is looking to protect young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from the harms of smoking.

The FDA announced Monday a $35 million campaign aimed at preventing LGBT youth from smoking.

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"We know LGBT young adults in this country are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as other young adults," Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said in a statement.

"We want LGBT young adults to know that there is no safe amount of smoking. Even an occasional cigarette can have serious health implications and lead to addiction," he added.

The FDA is particularly concerned about "social smokers," who occasionally use tobacco products when they are hanging out with their friends. More than 800,000 LGBT young adults fall into this category, the agency said.

LGBT youth often turn to smoking to cope with the pressure of "coming out," the FDA noted. Many are exposed to tobacco while they are hanging out with their friends at bars and clubs.

"They want to look good and standout," said Kathy Crosby, director of health communication and education at the FDA.

"They don't see themselves as smokers, even though they know they are often enjoying cigarettes out on the weekends with friends," she added.

The FDA's campaign will explain that the practice of "social smoking" is also dangerous and can lead to tobacco addiction.

"I've lost too many people to HIV in my life, and I don't want to lose anymore due to tobacco use," said Richard Wolitski, acting director of the office for HIV/AIDS and infectious disease policy at the Department of Health and Human Services, who is helping spearhead the campaign for the FDA. http://bit.ly/21qUGEi

 

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TOMORROW'S REGS TODAY

The Obama administration will publish 146 new regulations, proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions in Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register.

--The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will make small changes to farming standards for fruits and vegetables.

The FDA issued a new rule for the "growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce" intended for human consumption last November, but is now fixing minor errors in that rule.

The changes go into effect immediately. http://bit.ly/1WDqMMj

--The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) will propose new rules that will dictate how evidence is presented during commission proceedings.

The public has until July 5 to comment. http://bit.ly/1TGrLIY

--The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will contemplate nationwide standards for medical examiners and coroners.

Medical examiners perform autopsies to "investigate deaths that are sudden and unexpected, deaths that have no attending physician, and all suspicious and violent deaths," the office says.

Currently, medical examiners are regulated by the states, but the White House will issue a draft report looking at whether federal regulations would help improve "the accuracy and reliability of these death investigations."

"These policy recommendations will not only strengthen medicolegal death investigations, but would also enhance public health and the integrity of the criminal justice system, and further public health and medical research," the agency says.

The public has until May 27 to comment. http://bit.ly/1SJ3zDE

 

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Supreme Court to review copyrighted cheerleading uniforms http://bit.ly/1W3AJ7a

Supreme Court rejects death penalty case http://bit.ly/1TfR8hU

Scalia's death affecting next term, too? - The Washington Post http://wapo.st/23hfTje

Conservatives in Congress urge IRS shutdown - Reuters http://reut.rs/1TpBLE6

Supreme Court delivers a victory for supporters of Seattle's minimum wage law http://huff.to/1NPWNit

 

BY THE NUMBERS 

$1.4 billion: Additional wages workers are expected to earn in the first year under the Labor Department's overtime rule.

The figure comes from a report released Monday by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Mass.), who is pushing the administration to finalize a rule expanding eligibility for overtime pay. http://bit.ly/1Y3w6Hy

 

TWEET OF THE DAY 

"Congress is often slow to fix its mistakes. We finally ARE making progress on crim. justice reform. Thx @CoryBooker," Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Democrats grill USDA official on relocation plans that gut research staff Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens MORE (D-Vt.) tweeted. The two senators took part in a forum on criminal justice reform on Monday. Click here for a live stream.

 

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