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University at Buffalo: Influential CDC Digest Notes Alums’ Tobacco Research

The prominent digest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently devoted an “early release” announcement on a paper whose authors include two University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions epidemiology and environmental health program alumni. An early release indicates the CDC’s view that the paper discusses a topic of wide-ranging significance for public health.

Dr. Brian A. King (’10), is lead author, and Dr. Andrea S. Gentzke (’16), a co-author, of the article titled “Vital Signs: Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2018.” Based on their study’s analysis of tobacco use among middle and high-school students, they find that “tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States; nearly all product use begins during youth and young adulthood.” They also note that the “considerable” rise in these students’ use of e-cigarettes, even with no  change  in  the use of other tobacco products during the period of the study, “has erased recent progress in reducing overall tobacco product use among youths.”

The paper’s conclusions and the stated implications for public health practice form a strong recommendation for long-term implementation of strategies to control tobacco in coordination with the FDA’s regulation of tobacco products. These efforts, the authors note, “can prevent and reduce the use of all forms of tobacco products among U.S. youths.”

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is CDC’s weekly epidemiological digest for the United States. It is the main vehicle for publishing public health information and recommendations received by the CDC from state health departments.

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