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 .
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?