What We’re Reading: Supreme Court Reframes Gun Laws; FDA Pulls Juul e-Cigarettes; Meningococcal Outbreak in Florida

The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that New York's requirement for concealed carry gun permits are too restrictive; the FDA ordered Juul Labs Inc to pull its e-cigarettes from the market; a meningococcal disease outbreak in Florida includes at least 26 total cases and 7 deaths.

Supreme Court Rules Against NY Law Limiting Concealed Carry Gun Permits

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment allows citizens in New York to carry a gun outside the home and that states are restricted in what types of gun laws they can enact. The decision, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., et al v Bruen, Superintendent of New York State Police, et al comes as various medical associations have repeatedly declared gun violence to be a public health emergency.

FDA to Pull Juul e-Cigarettes From Market

The FDA ordered vaping company Juul Labs to pull its e-cigarettes from the US market. The move follows a nearly 2-year-long review of data from Juul Labs and requests from the company to keep its tobacco and menthol flavored products on the market. Juul’s e-cigarette cartridges with sweet and fruity flavors were barred by the FDA in 2020, and limited marketing for these products began in 2019.

CDC Warns of Meningococcal Disease Outbreak in Florida

The CDC announced an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, including at least 26 total cases and 7 deaths. A vast majority of these cases and deaths are among gay and bisexual men, and approximately half the cases are among Hispanic men, The New York Times reported. Meningococcal disease is typically spread through close and prolonged contact such as kissing, can manifest as meningitis or septicemia, and can be fatal. While the number of cases are low, epidemiologists are concerned about the outbreak and remind that the disease can affect anyone, not just men who have sex with men. The CDC recommends that people most at risk in the area get vaccinated against meningococcal disease.