Top news of the day from across the health care landscape
On Tuesday, San Francisco voters approved a controversial ban on flavored tobacco products, which was passed by a board of supervisors last year, The Hill reported. According to the article, 68% of voters backed Measure E, which would ban the sale of flavored cigarettes, vaping products, cigars, and smokeless tobacco. The San Francisco ban will extend to menthol cigarettes, which is used disproportionately by younger smokers, the article reported.
An Ebola outbreak in Congo that has killed 26 people seems to be slowing, The Hill reported. Fifty-eight suspected or confirmed cases have been documented in the Equateur Province, and there have been 2 more deaths and 5 new suspected cases in recent days, according to the article. The first doses of the vaccine arrived in 3 Congolese cities on May 21, and in the following 2 weeks, approximately 1200 people have received the drug, the World Health Organization said.
President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that will give veterans more freedom to see physicians outside the Veterans Affairs (VA) system, the Associated Press reported. According to the article, the $51 billion plan would also expand a VA caregivers program to cover families of veterans of all eras. The legislation cleared the Senate on 92-5 vote last month and the House approved it on a 347-70 vote, the article reported.