Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Pandemic-related anxiety, boredom, and irregular routines were cited as major drivers of increased nicotine and tobacco use during the initial COVID-19 shutdown, according to research just released by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers. The study highlights ways that public health interventions and policies can better support quit attempts and harm reduction, both during the COVID-19pandemic and beyond. The findings are published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.
Study finds surge of teen vaping levels off, but remains high in early 2020
National Institute of Health
Findings released today from the most recent Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of substance use behaviors and related attitudes among teens in the United States indicate that levels of nicotine and marijuana vaping did not increase from 2019 to early 2020, although they remain high. The annual MTF survey is conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
Ban on flavored tobacco sales is approved by California Assembly
Los Angeles Times
Sacramento - The California Assembly on Monday approved a ban on the retail sale of flavored tobacco products in the state, with supporters saying it is needed to reduce smoking and vaping by minors and others attracted by flavors that include fruit and menthol.
Social Distancing Gives Working Parents Insight into Kids’ Vaping
With schools closed and stay-at-home orders in full swing due to COVID-19, youth who vape have fewer places to hide their vaping behavior from their parents.
For many parents now working remotely, the distracting smell of menthol or other flavors from their child vaping in or around the house may catch them off-guard. They may also notice mood swings, agitation, impulsivity, and an inability to concentrate from their child using nicotine or dealing with cravings or withdrawal.
Our college communities are working tirelessly to help students and their families get through this crisis and they will play a critical role in our state's recovery. With all of us working together and following safety guidelines and procedures we can help keep Californians healthy.
The situation is continuing to evolve and we will update our information and resources daily.
In response to this global pandemic, we have all been reminded that we should practice healthy habits … for ourselves, our families, and our communities. If you smoke or vape, quitting is a smart step toward that goal.
COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) particularly hard. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape.
Does vaping make you more susceptible to coronavirus?
On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reiterated its guidance that older Americans and people with medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and chronic lung disease are most susceptible to coronavirus. People who are immunosuppressed because they have cancer or they're on a type of medication that weakens their immune system are also more at risk.
Río Hondo College continues to closely monitor the coronavirus situation following the direction of the Department of Public Health and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. After detailed and thoughtful discussion, planning and preparation, all lectures and labs have transitioned to online from March 16 – April 4.
Cerritos College District - Students: COVID-19 Campus Update
Dear Cerritos College Students,
As you are aware, President Fierro has issued a communication regarding the College's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). I want to reassure you at this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 among any District students and employees. To reduce the community transmission rates of Coronavirus, the College is implementing strategies to minimize the physical presence of students on campus.
Los Angeles Community College District - News Release
LACCD SHIFTING CLASSES TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION EFFECTIVE MARCH 18
LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today announced that as many classes as possible will be moved into an online education platform for all nine colleges, including Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.