The New York Times – Vaping can be addictive and may lure teenagers to smoking, science panel concludes

A national panel of public health experts concluded in a report released on Tuesday that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who use the devices may be at higher risk of smoking.

The Hill – Short-term spending bills leave public health agencies in suspense

Congress passed a short-term spending bill Monday that goes through Feb. 8, and included six years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. But the legislation didn’t reauthorize other health programs that expired on Sept. 30 — such as a pot of money for community health centers — which is also having an impact across the country.

CNN – Opioid commission member: Our work is a ‘sham’

“This and the administration’s other efforts to address the epidemic are tantamount to reshuffling chairs on the Titanic,” said Kennedy. “The emergency declaration has accomplished little because there’s no funding behind it.”

Yale News – 2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air quality top public health threat

The 2018 Environmental Performance Index finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. Switzerland leads the world in sustainability, followed by France, Denmark, Malta, and Sweden.

STAT – Contraception is quietly under siege at the Department of Health and Human Services

Little attention has been paid to the making of critical appointments and policy changes at HHS. Some of the most dangerous changes to women’s health are hiding in plain sight.