Electronic Cigarettes: Should They Be Banned or Encouraged?
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E-cigarettes supply nicotine without the carcinogens from burning tobacco, and they're on their way to becoming a billion-dollar industry in the United States. We visit a vapor shop. Are e-cigarettes a great way to stop smoking regular cigarettes, or should local governments act now to prevent potential health problems? Also, KCRW's Saul Gonzalez goes behind the scenes as the Los Angeles Opera kicks off its new season. And we hear how smaller, avant garde opera companies are appealing to younger audiences.
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Banner image: A model demonstrating use of an electronic cigarette. Photo: Michael Dorausch
Electronic Cigarettes: Should They Be Banned or Encouraged? ()
The Electronic Cigarette Convention will take place this weekend in Anaheim. Vendors and users can sell and sample the battery-powered inhalers that deliver nicotine from flavored liquid called "juice." E-cigarettes are becoming popular with teen-agers – the number has doubled in the past year, and that's led to proposed restrictions in Seal Beach and Los Angeles, among other places. We hear a report from KCRW's Evan George, followed by a debate about the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes.
Behind the Scenes of LA Operas, Both Big and Small ()
This weekend is big for high culture in Los Angeles with the LA Opera kicking off its new season. Off stage, it's trying to get past years of budget cuts, layoffs and emergency loans. We hear a report from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez, who went behind the scenes, then hear how smaller, avant garde operas, are appealing to younger audiences.
LA Opera in final rehearsals for the production of Carmen,
with Placido Domingo conducting
Photo courtesy of Saul Gonzalez
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