Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have been on the market in the U.S. since 2008 and have gained wider use in recent years. Now, evidence is beginning to emerge on e-cigs' short-term effects, and their positive and negative impact on people's health. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid — usually containing nicotine mixed with the chemicals propylene glycol and glycerin, and often flavorings ranging from bubble gum to watermelon — into a vapor that users can inhale. They deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug, to the body without producing any smoke.This month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that its authority to regulate tobacco products will now extend to include e-cigarettes. The devices — along with cigars, hookah and pipe tobacco — will now be regulated in a similar way to conventional cigarettes. The new rules, which take effect on Aug. 8, also banned the sale of these products to people under age 18 both in … [Read more...] about E-Cigarettes: What Vaping Does to Your Body
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Kingsley Ben-Adir and Brit Marling in The OA Part II. Photo: Nicola Goode/Netflix Remember The OA, that Netflix spiritual thriller that polarized audiences when it debuted back in December of 2016? It’s the series that Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij co-created about a once-blind woman (Marling) who returned, with her sight regained, to her Michigan hometown after being missing for seven years, then retold the story of her imprisonment and near-death experiences to a group of high schoolers and an algebra teacher. Calling herself the OA, or the Original Angel, she taught them “the Movements,” a series of choreographed physical poses that, eventually, the teens and their teacher did together to save themselves and others from a school shooter. The vibe of the show was so odd and mystical, and it landed on Netflix so long ago — we were so much lighter, so much more naïve — that it may seem like a dream you had rather than a season of television you … [Read more...] about Is a Glorious, Ridiculous Mind-bender
Evening. Everybody knows about the Munich Air Disaster, and most people will have heard of the Superga Disaster, the plane crash that wiped out the entire Torino squad – Il Grande Torino – in 1949. But until this Africa Cup of Nations, few people in this country will have been aware of the tragedy that struck the Zambian football team in 1993 when, after taking off from Libreville in Gabon, a military plane carrying most of the squad crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. All 30 people on board, including the 18 players, were killed. Expected to win the game and, indeed, qualify for the 1994 World Cup, an entire generation of players had been wiped out, just like that. Their best player, Kalusha Bwaly, who played for PSV Eindhoven and is now the president of the Football Association of Zambia, only survived because he was travelling to the game on his own. In the end, they missed out on qualification for the World Cup by a single point and after searching high and wide for new … [Read more...] about Ivory Coast v Zambia – as it happened
Todd Phillips' dark take on the Batman villain will not play at the theater where a massacre took place during a 2012 screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' as family members of those killed ask the studio to donate to gun-victim charities. Family members of those killed in the July 20, 2012, mass shooting at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, have signed a letter to Warner Bros. sharing concerns about the upcoming Joker film and asking the studio to donate to groups that aid victims of gun violence. "We are calling on you to be a part of the growing chorus of corporate leaders who understand that they have a social responsibility to keep us all safe," reads the letter, a copy of which was shared with The Hollywood Reporter. Seven years have passed since James Holmes, clad in full body armor and armed with multiple guns including an assault rifle, terrorized the Aurora Cinemark theater, murdering 12 people and injuring 70 during a screening of Christopher Nolan's … [Read more...] about Aurora Shooting Victims Voice Fears Over ‘Joker’ in Letter to Warner Bros.
Here it is, a great cornucopia to lift this miserable election to a higher plane. Labour’s manifesto offers a vision of a country that can begin to put to rights the dilapidation and dysfunction that has been the deliberate policy of the past decade. Repair, restoration and re-investment is the first task, but even that dismal work requires gigantic ambition. Labour goes right to the heart of longstanding fault lines in how the country is run and who for. Goodness knows, the nation’s problems are clear to all, as poll after poll shows people know exactly what needs to be done. They know that housing is the linchpin economic malfunction that has upended the life chances of those under 40. They know climate breakdown will engulf their children and grandchildren without immediate radical action, and it has shot high up in public concerns. This manifesto makes practical sense of green necessity, turning housing need and decarbonisation into an industrial strategy with a million … [Read more...] about Labour’s electrifying manifesto should jolt this election into life