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A package of anti-smoking bills passed the State Senate this year, but it looked as if they'd been killed by Assembly members who've taken large amounts of tobacco money. Now the measures are alive again -- in a special, legislative session to address healthcare financing. The major goals are preventing e-cigarettes from being used in public and raising the smoking age from 18 to 21. Would they limit the personal freedom of Californians who've reached the voting age? 

Also, after years of drought, it's "rain, rain go away" in much of the Southland. Is this week's weather a preview of things to come?

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Is the Wild Weekend Weather a Predictor of Things to Come? 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Any rain in Southern California in the driest month of the year is likely to make history.  Sure enough, the third-of-an inch that fell Saturday in downtown LA broke the quarter-inch record set in July of 1886. But the real stories are flooding, mud slides and debris flows -- and beaches closed by lightening. Josh Willis is a climate scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  

Guests:
Joshua Willis, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@NASAJPL)

More:
LA Times on unusually strong July rains
JPL on El Niño

New Battlegrounds in the War against Smoking 16 MIN, 37 SEC

Two weeks ago, a committee of the State Assembly gutted a package of anti-smoking bills passed by the State Senate. They're now dead in this year's regular session of the state legislature. But last week, the measures got new life in the special health session called by Governor Brown. Julia Horowitz reports from the Capitol in Sacramento for the Associated Press.

Guests:
Julia Horowitz, Associated Press (@juliakhorowitz)
Stanton Glantz, UC San Francisco (@ProfGlantz)
Anthony Fisher, Reason magazine (@anthonylfisher)

More:
Institute of Medicine on implications of raising minimum age of access to tobacco products
Tobacco 21, state by state
Reason magazine on the CDC misleading the public on the dangers of vaping

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