Redwood Scientific to introduce new smoking cessation product in 2016
LOS ANGELES – Redwood Scientific Technologies on Tuesday announced the launch of TBX-FREE: a new thin film over-the-counter smoking cessation product that features an ingredient that mimics the sensation of smoking without any of the harmful side effects.
"We are now proud to be able to synthesize such an incredibly proven ingredient and put it into the form of dissolvable strip delivery technology so that people who suffer with addiction to tobacco-based cigarettes can have over-the-counter access to a smoking cessation treatment that does not use nicotine while enjoying the freedom to live without fear of death," stated Jason Cardiff, president and CEO of Redwood.
Ben England, CEO at FDAImports.com, will be overseeing the FDA registration process for TBX-FREE. "We are very excited about the idea of a new treatment to help with nicotine addiction and look forward to working with Redwood and their revolutionary delivery method for the treatment of nicotine addiction," said England.
TBX-FREE will come packaged in the form of discrete thin film containers that look identical to breath freshening strips so that smokers can have it on hand to help quickly address cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.
TBX-FREE will be the second product from the Redwood product pipeline and is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2016.
CRN’s annual meeting open for registration
WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced that registration is open for its annual educational and networking industry-wide events, The Workshop and The Conference, taking place Oct. 21–24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, in Palm Springs, Calif.
The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science is an all-day symposium on Oct. 21 that focuses on scientific topics related to dietary supplements and nutrition. The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry is a three-day event, Oct. 21–24, that presents sessions and opportunities for networking.
CRN is offering flexible registration options spanning both events.
Reckitt Benckiser's David Campbell, VP regulatory and government affairs, North America, will chair The Conference this year. “I’m so pleased to chair this valuable and highly informative conference,” Campbell said. “CRN’s annual conference has gained the deserved reputation as an ideal venue for networking with top supplement industry professionals while gaining insights from a range of engaging speakers about some of the most timely issues our industry faces.”
CDC: 3-in-4 Americans favor higher tobacco sale age
ATLANTA — Three out of four American adults — including seven in 10 cigarette smokers — favor raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, according to an article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
“Raising the minimum age of sale to 21 could benefit the health of Americans in several ways,” Brian King, acting Deputy Director for Research Translation in CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, said. “It could delay the age of first experimenting with tobacco, reducing the likelihood of transitioning to regular use and increasing the likelihood that those who do become regular users can quit.”
Age-of-sale restrictions have been shown to contribute to reductions in tobacco use and dependence among youth. In March 2015, an Institute of Medicine report found that increasing the legal age of sale for tobacco will likely prevent or delay tobacco use initiation by adolescents and young adults. The IOM found that if all states were to raise the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, there would be a 12% decrease in cigarette smoking prevalence across the nation by 2100. This would translate into nearly 250,000 fewer premature deaths from cigarette smoking among people born between 2000 and 2019.
In most states, the minimum age of sale for tobacco is 18; in Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah the minimum age of sale is 19. One state — Hawaii — currently prohibits sales of tobacco products to youth under the age of 21. Additionally, several cities and counties across the U.S. have adopted laws raising the minimum age to 21, starting with Needham, Mass. in 2005. New York City; Hawaii County, Hawaii; Evanston, Ill.; Englewood, N.J.; Columbia, Mo.; and several other communities in Massachusetts later followed suit.
Data for the study came from Styles, a nationally representative online survey of U.S. adults aged 18 and older. The findings are consistent with those from a national survey conducted in 2013 and polls of voters in Colorado and Utah that found 57% and 67%, respectively, favor such policies. Favorability for the policies was found to increase with increasing age.
While an overwhelming majority of adults favored the policy overall, favorability is slightly higher among adults who never smoked and older adults. In contrast, 11% of adults strongly opposed making 21 the legal age of sale, while 14% somewhat opposed such measures.
According to the 2014 Surgeon General Report, the tobacco industry aggressively markets and promotes its products and continues to recruit youth and young adults as new consumers. People who begin smoking at a young age are more likely to become addicted, to progress to daily use, to smoke more as they grow into adulthood and to have trouble quitting. A previous Surgeon General Report found about 96% of adult smokers first try cigarettes by the age of 21.
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