Researchers warn new, dissolvable nicotine products could lead to accidental poisoning in children and youths

first_imgA tobacco company’s new, dissolvable nicotine pellet–which is being sold as a tobacco product, but which in some cases resembles popular candies–could lead to accidental nicotine poisoning in children, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the Northern Ohio Poison Control Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The researchers also say the candy-like products could appeal to young people and lead to nicotine addiction as well.The study appears in an advance online edition of the journal Pediatrics on April 19, 2010 and will appear in a later print issue.In 2009, the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company launched a dissolvable nicotine product called Camel Orbs, which according to the company’s promotional literature contains 1 mg nicotine per pellet and is flavored with cinnamon or mint. The company also introduced Camel Strips (to contain 0.6 mg nicotine per strip) and Sticks (to contain 3.1 mg nicotine per strip).It appears that the product is intended as a temporary form of nicotine for smokers in settings where smoking is banned. However, the potential public health effect could be disastrous, particularly for infants and adolescents, said Professor Gregory Connolly, lead author of the study and director of the Tobacco Control Research Program at HSPH.Ingestion of tobacco products by infants and children is a major reason for calls to poison control centers nationwide. In 2007, 6,724 tobacco-related poisoning cases were reported among children five years of age and under. Small children can experience nausea and vomiting from as little as 1 mg of nicotine.“This product is called a ‘tobacco’ product, but in the eyes of a 4-year-old, the pellets look more like candy than a regular cigarette. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and to make it look like a piece of candy is recklessly playing with the health of children,” said Connolly.The researchers computed, based on median body weight, how much nicotine ingestion would lead to symptoms of poisoning in children: A one-year-old infant could suffer mild to moderate symptoms of nicotine poisoning by ingesting 8 to 14 Orbs, 14 Strips or 3 Sticks; ingesting 10 to 17 Orbs, 17 Strips or 3 to 4 Sticks could result in severe toxicity or death. A four-year-old child could have moderate symptoms by ingesting 13 to 21 Orbs, 14 Strips or 4 Sticks and could suffer severe toxicity or death by consuming 16 to 27 Orbs, 27 Strips or 5 Sticks. The researchers report that a poison control center in Portland, Oregon, a test market for Orbs, reported a case in which a three-year old ingested an Orbs pellet.R.J. Reynolds claims that Orbs packaging is “child resistant,” but the researchers say adults could unknowingly leave the pellets out in the open where children could easily access them. The researchers also say that the candy-like appearance and flavoring and ease-of-use of the product could appeal to children.last_img read more

Employing previously convicted individuals: New NCUA guidance

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In its July meeting, the NCUA Board voted to issue among other things, a proposed Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement (IRPS 19-01) on exceptions to employment restrictions under Section 205(d) of the Federal Credit Union Act(FCU Act). The Board unanimously approved the proposed IRPS, 3-0.Section 205(d)(1) of the FCU Act, codified at 12 U.S.C. § 1785, contains prohibitions on employing a person who has been convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust, or who has entered into a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with a prosecution for such offense from participating directly or indirectly in the conduct of affairs of any insured credit union, except with prior written consent of the NCUA Board. This was implemented by 12 C.F.R. § 741.3(c) which applies the following criteria in determining the insurability of a credit union applying for insurance and in continuing the insurability of its accounts pursuant to title II of the Act: “(c) Fitness of management. The officers, directors, and committee members of the credit union must have conducted its operations in accordance with provisions of applicable law, regulations, its charter and bylaws. No person shall serve as a director, officer, committee member, or employee of an insured credit union who has been convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust, except with the written consent of the Board.”last_img read more

NBA Draft experts weigh in on Elijah Hughes’ status

first_img Published on March 10, 2020 at 9:48 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ Early Monday morning, Elijah Hughes became the third Syracuse basketball player in the last seven years to be named to the All-Atlantic Coast first team. That’s a feat accomplished by neither Tyus Battle nor Oshae Brissett, the two players who Hughes played a secondary role to in his first season as a contributor for the Orange.Hughes recently scored his 1000th point at Syracuse and has come a long way from the overlooked prospect who spent much of his career as an under-the-radar role player.Hughes still has the option to return to SU for his redshirt senior season, but NBA Draft experts have kept close attention to Hughes’ quick rise. The Daily Orange interviewed three NBA Draft experts on how real that attention is. Here is a breakdown of Hughes’ status as an NBA Draft prospect.The Daily Orange: What is the first thing that stands out about Hughes?Paul Biancardi, ESPN: “He has NBA (3-point) range right now. And that’s attractive to the NBA. The shot at that distance is not a problem. Now, there needs to be a consistency behind that long range that will come over the course of time. But the hard part, he already has down. He’s a very good straight-line driver with a lot of speed. So if you take that 3-point shot away — a lot of teams like to run him off the line — his ability to shot-fake or his ability just to grab it, sweep it across his body and go with a straight-line drive. Excellent speed. And then he has that athleticism to punch it down and finish.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Babcock, Babcock Hoops: “I did not have high expectations for this year’s Syracuse team prior to the season. They have done well, and I think a lot of credit needs to be given to Hughes. He has been impressive all season.”Lorenzo Neri, L’Ultimo Uomo (Italy): Note from Writer — Neri had watched Hughes play live when the Orange took their preseason trip to Italy. “Back to last summer, the first thing that jumped about Elijah was the combination of power, agility and skills. He has this linebacker body type, strong with low center of gravity that allows him to play through contact and against bigger players.”D.O.: What is his best and worst trait?P.B.: “He’s actually best off the ball. I like him coming off screens. Coming from dribble penetration and kick to him. So, I think he’s best moving, cutting, coming off screens. He’d be fantastic at what they call a simple wide pin-down where he’ll just curl into the lane, catch it and shoot it. With all that said, his middle game needs work. The dribble pull-up. And then obviously the ability to get in the lane and shoot a floater off of one foot. That’s probably the next part that needs to step up. Because you’re going to be in the NBA. Because they’re going to take away what you do best, so you have to counter it.”M.B.: “Hughes is an aggressive, well-rounded scorer. He has a strong, sturdy build, handles the ball well, and has deep range. He tends to have a quick trigger, which is something that often times comes along with being an assertive scorer. I do think he could improve his shot selection. However, it’s not overly concerning, as the role he is playing for Syracuse is to be ‘the guy’; they clearly want and need him to aggressively pursue scoring opportunities.”L.N.: “(His body) is a truly valuable skill for the NBA level, especially if you think of his skillset. What concerns me about his NBA future are two things: shooting (technique and selection) and defense. He has touch but his catch point and his release point are really low, and he’s not the tallest guy for a wing position.”D.O.: Anything that he needs to show more of?P.B.: “Especially in the NBA, you’re not going to get to the rim very often. That pull-up jump shot, it’s important to get into that rhythm and the practice habits of taking that shot. And the only way you take it is by practicing it. So that you get comfortable in it.”M.B.: “Aside from his shot selection and just some basic decision-making, which can be said of just about any player at this stage in their career, there isn’t really one specific thing that I’d like to see from him. I think he has room for growth all around as any player does, but for the most part he is a pretty well-rounded player without any glaring weaknesses.”L.N.: “He too often settles for the contested mid- and long-range jumper instead of attacking from the dribble, using his strength. I think that the shot selection and the defense adaptability certainly has something to do with (SU head coach Jim) Boeheim’s style of play on both ends of the floor.”D.O.: Where would you expect to see him picked?M.B.: “It’s an interesting time of the year in regards to projecting draft picks, as we are not certain exactly which players will return to school. Hughes is a player that we have not included in our mock draft up to this point, but if he does decide to be in this year’s draft, I would say that he would have a very good chance of being a second-round draft pick.”L.N.: “In the end, I think he has the potential to be a good rotation player in the NBA. Maybe some team could spend a second-round pick on him… maybe he’s going to fight for a spot on an NBA team through Summer League, Training Camps and GLeague.”More notes:Biancardi noted that Hughes’ passing is an “underrated” aspect of the Syracuse forward’s game: “I think when you watch his shot, you don’t think about him passing, but he’s a guy who can really pass the ball.”Biancardi also addressed the size question: Whether or not Hughes’ 6-foot-6 height causes concern over what position he will play at the next level. He said that won’t be an issue: “They draft you based on what you do, not what you can’t do. And they figure out how to plug you into their system.This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Commentslast_img read more