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 .
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.