New Year Resolutions 2019

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As we start the New Year 2019, everybody has plans and thoughts for the new years. Something can be improved, some new things can be done, some bad habits should go away, some good habits should come in, and everyone wants more health, happiness and love in the new year.

Some people will aim to change their jobs this year, some people will aim to start their own business, some peole will aim to take a long vacation this year, and some people will aim to start or restart their family.

The family is the fundamental/foundation unit of the society, and its worth aiming for a happy family this new year. No family is perfect, and every family can aim to do better in this new year. If some family feels they are perfect, then that family needs to be extra cautious to ensure they are not chasing unrealistic goals.

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We have all kinds of families in our society today, nuclear families, joint families, and children with single parents. Divorce rates are running all time high, with nearly 50% divorce rates in the US, and western European countries like UK, France, Germany. This means families are breaking up at an alarmingly high rate. But there must be hope for people who are separating from their partners, in order to find a new partner, and the partner search process is complex once you have kids, school, jobs, as part of the constraints, or deciding factors.

Each person and family will take its own path this new year, some families will add new children, some families will add new parents, and some families will break up. In all situations, the children involved should be protected and nurtured carefully. They are no responsible for any of the decisions made by the adults.

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Each person will try to find love and happiness in their own way. Some will be very flexible, and some will be rigid, and that’s just human nature. These are matters of the heart, ans we are nobody to judge other people. Thanks to the Internet it is possible today to connect with like minded people living in far away locations, sometimes, even far away countries!

Wishing you happiness this year with your family. And wishing you success in your new job and new projects. If you want to share your views and thoughts, you are welcome to add your comments below, or send email to: info@usanet.org

Unprecedented FDA Enforcement Actions Against Retailers and Manufacturers over Youth E-Cig Sales

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a series of critical and historic enforcement actions related to the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to kids. In the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA’s history, the agency issued more than 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalty complaints (fines) to retailers who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide, undercover blitz of brick-and-mortar and online stores this summer. As a result of these violations of the law – and other indications that e-cigarette use among youth has hit epidemic proportions – FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., signaled that the agency intends to take new and significant steps to address this challenge in a speech at the agency’s headquarters.

“We’re committed to the comprehensive approach to address addiction to nicotine that we announced last year. But at the same time, we see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion, and we must adjust certain aspects of our comprehensive strategy to stem this clear and present danger. This starts with the actions we’re taking today to crack down on retail sales of e-cigarettes to minors. We will also revisit our compliance policy that extended the dates for manufacturers of certain flavored e-cigarettes to submit applications for premarket authorization. I believe certain flavors are one of the principal drivers of the youth appeal of these products. While we remain committed to advancing policies that promote the potential of e-cigarettes to help adult smokers move away from combustible cigarettes, that work can’t come at the expense of kids. We cannot allow a whole new generation to become addicted to nicotine. In the coming weeks, we’ll take additional action under our Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to immediately address the youth access to, and the appeal of, these products,” said FDA Commissioner Gottlieb. “Today, we asked five e-cigarette manufacturers to put forward plans to immediately and substantially reverse these trends, or face a potential decision by the FDA to reconsider extending the compliance dates for submission of premarket applications. Our comprehensive plan on nicotine and tobacco regulation remains intact and we remain committed to its goals to reduce tobacco-related disease and death, including our efforts to reduce the nicotine in combustible products to render cigarettes minimally or non-addictive. We’re also fully committed to the concept that products that deliver nicotine exist on a continuum of risk, with combustible products representing the highest risk, and electronic nicotine delivery systems perhaps presenting an alternative for adult smokers who still seek access to satisfying levels of nicotine, but without all of the harmful effects that come from combustion. But in enabling a path for e-cigarettes to offer a potentially lower risk alternative for adult smokers, we won’t allow the current trends in youth access and use to continue, even if it means putting limits in place that reduce adult uptake of these products.” Continue reading Unprecedented FDA Enforcement Actions Against Retailers and Manufacturers over Youth E-Cig Sales

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