FROM Mike Esterl
World Health Organization Urges Regulations Against E-Cigs With the numger of teen-aged users tripling in just three years, the World Health Organization wants a crackdown on e-cigarettes. Governments should ban the use of electronic cigarettes indoors and in public places… and they should outlaw marketing tactics to encourage use by teenagers. That’s the latest from the World Health Organization, an agency of the UN. Mike Esterl writes about the beverage and tobacco industries for the Wall Street Journal…
Snacks are the New Meals Snacking has replaced breakfast, lunch and dinner for many Americans. Snacking was an idea invented by the food industry, but now changes in lifestyle are forcing the industry to change. The rise in single family households, dual career families, baby boomers are all changing the products they offer. Oatmeal shakes for a worker on the go? But the trend could also have an impact on our health.
E-Cigarettes: Safe Alternative or Worse than the Original? E-cigarettes release a vapor that allows users to inhale nicotine without the toxins associated with tobacco. Since they started in China a few years ago, they've become an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The Centers for Disease Control report that 10% of American high school kids tried e-cigarettes last year -- twice as many as the year before. They're hip for celebrities and popular for helping smokers to quit. Big Tobacco is taking notice. Mike Esterl reports for the Wall Street Journal .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?