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ALTERNATIVE NICOTINE PRODUCTS

NCSL reports on actions that have been taken in recent years to regulate the sale and use of electronic vaporizing products. At least 42 states have prohibited the sale of electronic cigarettes or vaping/alternative tobacco products to minors.


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OBESITY: PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES

Legisbrief LogoObesity affects more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of youth in the United States. No state currently has an adult obesity rate of less than 20 percent, but recent research may show signs of progress in young children. Because obesity prevalence remains high, however, it remains a pressing public health concern.

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OVERVIEW | PUBLIC HEALTH AND PREVENTION

Public health is the science and systems designed to protect and improve health at the community and population level. It includes efforts to improve health by preventing disease and promoting healthy behaviors. These efforts include initiatives to educate the public about healthier choices, facilitating healthier lifestyles through community supports, preventing outbreaks and the spread of infectious diseases, and ensuring safe food and water in communities. NCSL resources on this topic address emergency preparedness, health promotion and disease prevention, injury prevention, wellness, nutrition, physical activity and fitness, school health, oral and dental health, vaccines and immunizations, smoke-free environments and discouraging tobacco use.

STANDING COMMITTEE

HHS releases new guidance and FAQs for state policymakers on a number of health reform implementation issues.

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BILL TRACKING

Traumatic Brain Injury Legislation.  Many states aim to effectively prevent and diagnose cases of TBI, and to respond and rehabilitate TBI patients. Between 2009 and 2012, at least 41 states passed laws to address traumatic brain injury.

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