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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.

boehner.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, House Republicans have held a strategy session and decided to move toward a government shutdown and default on the national debt — all to get rid of Obamacare. Has John Boehner become Republican Caucus Spokesman instead of House Speaker?

 

Banner image: A model demonstrating use of an electronic cigarette. Photo: Michael Dorausch

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