NBC News — Gun control is a public health issue (featuring APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD)
Public health experts and scientists celebrated President Barack Obama’s gun plan Tuesday, saying firearm safety is clearly a public health issue and urging Congress to embrace science in the fight for gun-law reform. Obama, surrounded by victims of recent mass shootings, detailed a series of executive orders aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous buyers. “With more research, we could further improve gun safety. Just as with more research, we’ve reduced traffic fatalities enormously over the last 30 years,” Obama said Tuesday. The White House and public health experts have likened gun research to the work that led to seat belt laws. As with car accidents, gun violence isn’t a disease but it is a major killer, said Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. “Our nation’s epidemic of gun violence exacts far too high a toll on the health of our communities,” added Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Reuters — US may lack resources to treat kids in disasters
In the event of a natural disaster, epidemic or terrorist attack, the U.S. may not have enough medical resources to aid affected children, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children are particularly vulnerable to illness and injuries during these emergency situations and their distinct needs – such as special drug formulations or dosing and pint-size medical devices – mean supplies set aside for adults may not work for them. To start fixing the problem, the U.S. needs more investment in treatments that are appropriate for children, including research to develop age-appropriate therapies as well as investments to increase the nation’s stockpile of remedies already made for kids, according to the report from AAP’s Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council.

Tech Times — Millions of teens being targeted by e-cigarette advertising, CDC says
Massive amounts of e-cigarette advertising on TV, in print, online and at retail outlets is being aimed squarely at America’s teenagers, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Tens of millions of dollars are being spent by makers of e-cigarettes to target teens, and it’s working, the CDC says; around seven in 10 middle and high school students — more than 18 million teenagers — are exposed to e-cigarette advertising.