The American Medical Association called for a complete and total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping devices Tuesday; saying the products have been targeting teenagers while hiding harmful physical effects.
“It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA’s president, said in a statement.
“The doctors’ group said a separate health issue also prompted its action — the recent U.S. outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping. Most of those sickened said they vaped THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana, not nicotine. Officials believe a thickening agent used in black market THC vaping products may be a culprit,” reports the Associated Press.
To date, 33 fatalities have occurred across the United States for vaping related illnesses.
“I would be 100% with the AMA if they were seeking a ban on all tobacco products that are smoked, including e-cigarettes,” said Jonathan Foulds, a tobacco expert at Penn State University. “But right now, nicotine electronic cigarettes are competing with and replacing the most harmful legal product in this country.”
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Source: Associated Press
KITCHEN NIGHTMARE? Bernie Reportedly Rude to Restaurant Staff in San Fran, Loses Votes, Wife Apologizes
John Konstin, owner of San Francisco’s 111-year-old John’s Grill, was initially excited to host attendees of the Democratic National Committee’s summer meetings. That is, until Bernie Sanders showed up.
“It was all very nice, except for cranky Bernie,” Konstin told Politico. “He didn’t want to shake hands, he didn’t want a picture.”
“The owner also alleged that Sanders ‘wasn’t nice to any of the staff,’ and called the independent Vermont senator ‘rude and cranky.’ He went on to say that Sanders lost his vote over the behavior,” according to the Washington Examiner.
According to Lee Housekeeper, media contact for John’s Grill, it’s not like Konstin to speak out about patron’s behavior.
“Bernie had to be in a terrible mood. Anyone in the public eye needs to understand when it’s time to order room service,” Housekeeper told SFGATE.
Sanders reportedly left a tip. His wife, Jane Sanders, apologized on the way out.
The self-described Democratic Socialist’s “cranky” meal comes just days after he released his $16 trillion plan to combat climate change.
“Atop our existing government spending, comprising some 40% of GDP, the Vermont Senator wouldn’t just nationalize one-fifth of the economy with a ‘Medicare For all’ bill eliminating private health insurance. Under his Green New Deal plan, he would also nationalize most of the energy sector,” reports the Washington Examiner.
“At a mere $16.3 trillion, the Sanders plan would go beyond simply spending measures to increase climate-focused research and development. It would literally centralize the means of domestic energy production,” adds the Examiner.
“What we need to do is have an aggressive federal government. You can’t nibble around the edges anymore. We need to transform our energy system, that means a massive increase in sustainable energy,” Sanders told MSNBC.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 23, 2019
“Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire. People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives. Communities of color, working class people, and the global poor have borne and will bear this burden disproportionately,” writes Sanders.
LIBERAL PRIORITIES: San Francisco Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes, Ignores Homeless, Drug Use, Human Waste
Despite the region’s escalating homeless crisis, rampant drug use, skyrocketing rents, and illegal immigration, San Francisco set its sights on the biggest scourge facing the city: E-Cigarettes.
San Francisco became the first city in the US to ban the sale of E-Cigarettes this week; making it illegal for vendors to sell any product that vaporizes nicotine.
— Bloomberg (@business) June 25, 2019
“The city voted Tuesday to ban sales of e-cigarettes, making it illegal to sell nicotine vaporizer products in stores or for online retailers to ship the goods to San Francisco addresses. The ban will be the first of its kind to go into effect in the U.S. The ordinance will now go to the mayor to sign into law. Cigarettes and other tobacco products will remain legal in the city, along with recreational marijuana,” reports Bloomberg.
“This is groundbreaking legislation that shows local governments are prepared to step up,” [City Attorney Dennis Herrera] said. “What you will see in the aftermath of this legislation is other jurisdictions looking at what they might be prepared to do to protect their young people.”
California’s escalating homeless crisis took a turn for the worse last month, with local reporters finding San Francisco’s transient population living in makeshift tree houses across the Bay Area.
“The occupants of five to six ramshackle tree houses built in a private industrial park near Stevenson Boulevard and I-880 in Fremont are facing eviction,” reports CBS San Francisco.
“Crews equipped with chainsaws and handsaws have begun clearing out the structures and cutting off limbs in order to make it harder to reoccupy and easier to spot the homeless who are taking refuge in the trees. They are about halfway through the long line of more than 60 eucalyptus trees,” adds the local news channel.
“I think it’s a good idea actually, I think it’s actually something that people would benefit from if we had the right knowledge of trees,” said one homeless man.
“There’s a lot of us women who work here late … so I’m worried that I could be in danger,” added a female worker employed in the industrial park.
San Francisco’s residents continued to flee the region’s escalating homeless crisis this week; with new statistics showing the local transient population increasing by 17% since 2017 as officials pledge more than $300 million annually to regain control.
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