This Month’s Topics:
Announcement: PACE Vermont is recruiting young people to take surveys
Article/Photo Essay: Father Soldier Son – a military family’s experience
Article: Philip Morris markets new tobacco product, putting kids at risk
Fact sheet: Vaping lingo dictionary
Article: 32% of young adults at risk for serious Covid-19 consequences
Announcement -- Study: PACE studies offer survey opportunities for young Vermonters
Source: PACE Vermont, a research and evaluation partnership between the Vermont. Department of Health (VDH) and the University of Vermont (UVM) Center on Behavior & Health
· This summer, the PACE Vermont team will enroll approximately 1,200 youth (aged 12-17) and young adults (aged 18-25) for 2 studies.
· The Pace Vermont Study aims to understand the impact of state-level policies and communication campaigns on substance use beliefs and behaviors in young Vermonters aged 12-25. Participants receive a $10 online gift card for each survey completed, plus a $20 bonus for completing all three surveys, for a total of $50.
· The PACE Vape Messaging study aims to identify messages to prevent or reduce vaping in young adults. Participants receive a $10 online gift card for completing the first survey and a $15 online gift card for completing the second, for a total of $25.
· For more information, and to enroll, visit: www.pacevt.org
Article/Photo Essay: Father Soldier Son: A Father of 2 Boys Went to War. We Chronicled Their Lives for 10 Years
Source: The New York Times
· Military families are a vulnerable population for substance misuse
· While this story does not address substance misuse, it is a moving account of the hardships faced by a military family, including mental health issues
· From the editors: “The Costs of war are often tallied in troops lost or wounded, but there are other consequences that are harder to measure.”
Article: FDA puts kids, public health at risk by allowing Philip Morris to market IQOS heated cigarette as modified risk tobacco product
Source: American Heart Association
· Setting a dangerous precedent that puts kids and public health at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the marketing of Philip Morris’ IQOS heated cigarette as a “modified risk tobacco product”
· The FDA acknowledges that Philip Morris failed to show that IQOS presents a reduced risk of tobacco-related disease
· The FDA is not requiring Philip Morris to provide evidence, based on any U.S. data, that the product’s marketing won’t appeal to kids.
· kids will be exposed to marketing that portrays IQOS, a highly addictive tobacco product, as an appealing, cool alternative to cigarettes, in much the same way as e-cigarettes.
Fact sheet: Vaping Lingo Dictionary
Source: The Truth Initiative
Article: Why 32% of Young Adults are Vulnerable to Severe Covid-19 Coronavirus Infections
· A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that 32% of people in the 18-25-year age group may be at risk for severe illness if infected with Covid-19
· The research team put together an indicator of medical vulnerability for Covid-19 illness based on the CDC’s list of risk factors
· One of the risks is to have used tobacco, cigars, or e-cigarettes over the past 30 days.