Thumbs Down to the FDA for their announcement that as part of the agency’s new anti-nicotine approach, key parts of the regulations it adopted last year on electronic cigarettes, cigars and other unregulated tobacco products will be put on hold for several years.

Thumbs Up to Los Angeles Times for its reaction to the FDA announcement: “Don’t delay regulations for electronic cigarettes

Thumbs Up to the healthiest city in Mississippi: Moss Point, and to Mayor Mario King who was instrumental in pushing for a city-wide smokefree air ordinance. Story

Thumbs Down to the to Echo Valley Condominium Association, and Casa Bella Property Management, Inc. of Michigan for allowing secondhand smoke to interfere with the health of a cancer survivor. Phyllis Davis and her attorney Alan Gocha are asking the court in Detroit to order tenants in her building to smoke outside and that her building be smokefree. Newsclip

Thumbs Up to Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, who introduced a bill to make subsidized housing smokefree – Hartzler’s bill applies to affordable housing not public housing, so it would cover what the HUD ruling does not. See story

Thumbs Up to Lafayette, Louisiana: as of August 1st, bars, clubs, and public places in the city are smokefree! Newsclip

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