E-cigarette battle heats up

first_imgElectronic cigarettes offer the promise of a less-harmful alternative to smoking tobacco, and even a way to slowly quit.But public health experts speaking at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Thursday said they worry the battery-powered smokes may provide a dangerous gateway for teens and others to start smoking.“E-cigarettes offer opportunity to reduce the harm associated with tobacco use,” said Vaughan Rees, lecturer on social and behavioral sciences and interim director of the Chan School’s Center for Global Tobacco Control. “On the other hand, I’m concerned the advent of e-cigarettes may undermine many of the gains we’ve made in controlling the use of tobacco during the last 50 years.”Rees was a panelist for a discussion titled “Can E-cigarette Regulation Protect the Public’s Health? Making Sense of the Science,” organized by the Center for Global Tobacco Control and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. It was presented in collaboration with Reuters and moderated by Scott Malone, Reuters’ editor in charge of general news for the northeastern United States.Rees spoke as Reuters reported that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that e-cigarette use by high school students increased to 13.4 percent in 2014 from 4.5 percent a year earlier. It also found tobacco cigarette over the same time dropped to 9.2 percent from 12.7 percent.The Food and Drug Administration took steps last April to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time, according to Howard Koh, professor of the practice of public health leadership and former assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The FDA proposed rules that would ban sales to minors, require warning labels on e-cigarette packages, and bar free samples. They would not, however, regulate advertising. Currently, e-cigarette companies advertise their products using sex, glamour, and adventure — methods familiar from cigarette ads of the 1940s, said panelist Kasisomayajula Viswanath, professor of health communication at the Chan School and at the McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a Harvard affiliate.“They suggest e-cigarettes can solve a lot of problems,” Viswanath said. The ads go beyond traditional media to social media used by teens, heightening the urgency for federal regulation, he said.The United States is among the countries that offer the least e-cigarette regulation, according to David Hammond, associate professor at the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems, and a former adviser to the World Health Organization on Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.Hammond suggested the United States could learn from the international diversity of regulation. In Canada, e-cigarettes are not approved for sale. The European Union regulates e-cigarettes like tobacco, taxing and requiring product standards to reduce harm.Kenneth Warner, distinguished university professor of public health and former dean at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, called for “enlightened regulation.” Asked what he’d like to see, Warner proposed prohibiting emissions of clearly dangerous substances, prohibiting sales to minors, and barring e-cigarette smoking where tobacco is not allowed. He also suggested taxing e-cigarettes, though at a lower rate than on traditional cigarettes to make nicotine addiction less sustainable.The rise of e-cigarettes has served as a reminder that the fight to overcome tobacco-related deaths has not been won, Koh said.“There is a misperception that this problem has been solved and it’s time to move on to something else,” Koh said. “Nothing can be further from the truth. No other condition kills a half-million Americans every year. No other is projected to kill 1 billion worldwide in the 21st century. This discussion should be viewed as part of that discussion of how to move tobacco control forward, to end this epidemic once and for all.”last_img read more

Ellsworth cheering takes third at PVCs

first_imgMILLINOCKET — The Ellsworth High School cheerleading squad placed third at the Penobscot Valley Conference championship on Monday at Stearns High School.One point separated Ellsworth from the winner. Old Town took first with 77.6 points, Hermon placed second with 76.9, and Ellsworth finished third with 76.6.The Northern regional championships are scheduled for Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Local Woman Wins Nearly $70,000 on “Wheel of Fortune”

first_imgA North Palm Beach woman recently won some “big money” on the popular television game show, “Wheel of Fortune.”Marci Hyland accumulated more than $69,000 in cash and prize winnings on an episode that aired Wednesday but was recorded early last month.“I like game shows, so that’s kind of my thing,” Hyland says. “But I never would’ve dreamed in a million years this would happen.”Her winnings included $37,000 from the show’s bonus round.Host Pat Sajak said “Oh boy” as the 65-year-old Hyland started guessing the answer to the final puzzle.Hyland got it in about six seconds: “Jot down a few words.”Photo courtesy: Facebook/Marci Hyland“I was just like, ‘What is this?’ because I didn’t have a whole lot to work with,” she adds. “It just clicked.”She started a series of audition tests last fall when the show was looking for contestants in Miami.There was no audience due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Sajak did not shake hands with contestants.“Right after we left, I think they shut down,” according to Hyland.Hyland expects to receive her winnings, which include a trip to Aruba, within a few months.“You saw the outcome,” she adds. “I just had so much fun.”last_img read more

Derby boss blames full-backs for defeat

first_imgDerby boss Steve McClaren blamed his full-backs for the defeat at Fulham.The Rams boss said the 2-0 loss at Craven Cottage was “a full-back’s game” – and his lacked the quality required to get a result.McClaren replaced both right and left full-backs at half-time, with Johnny Russell and Jake Buxton coming on for Jesse Lingaard and Cyrus Christie.“They played a diamond and it was tight in midfield so it was a full-back’s game – but ours did not do enough,” he said.“They didn’t combine well with the forwards, they didn’t overlap, they didn’t go around, and were caught in possession. They had no quality today and that’s what we lacked.“It’s disappointing but this is a tough league – anyone can beat anyone – and Fulham have Premier League players. They were fifth bottom with the quality they’ve got.“It’s a long season and we’ve been playing at high level for the majority of it, and that’s why we are where we are, but we came up against a Fulham side who must have looked at the league table and thought ‘”We’re in trouble and we need a result’.”See also:Fulham beat Derby to boost survival bidFulham to assess new Christensen injuryFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Will Dean Foods’ Dairy announcement affect the beef cattle industry?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few weeks ago, Dean Foods announced they were discontinuing milk contracts with 100 or so dairies which included a dozen or so operations in Tennessee. Essentially, the dairies impacted have until the end of May to find a new outlet for their milk or they will be forced to exit the industry due to having no method to market milk. This has brought several questions across my email and through personal communication.From the beef sector side, this could have an implication on beef markets if all of these dairy operations are forced to sell out. One would imagine these dairy operations would be able to market heifers and some of the young fresh cows. However, there would likely also be a short-term glut of slaughter cows in the region.From another standpoint, some of these dairies might consider beef cattle production as an alternative. The resources these dairies have could lend itself to backgrounding feeder cattle or a confined beef cattle operation.last_img read more

Pogba & Zlatan give Man Utd fitness boost

first_imgPaul Pogba Boost for Man Utd as Pogba and Ibrahimovic both train ahead of Sevilla tie Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 22:35 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paul Pogba Getty Images Paul Pogba Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla UEFA Champions League José Mourinho The France international midfielder missed the win over Huddersfield due to illness, while Ibrahimovic has been absent since December Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were both involved in Manchester United training on Tuesday as they prepare to face Sevilla in the Champions League last 16.France star Pogba was struck down by a mystery illness ahead of the Red Devils’ FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town last weekend.However, the midfielder was reported to have trained on Sunday and was again involved with the rest of the team as they completed final preparations to face the Spanish side in Wednesday’s away first leg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It remains to be seen if Pogba will start with his form and relationship with manager Jose Mourinho under intense scrutiny, although the manager slammed reports of a falling out with his player as “lies” before the meeting with Huddersfield.The Red Devils boss told reporters: “When you say ‘a lot of speculation’ you should say a lot of lies. Because I accept and Paul accepts that he has not been playing well in the last few matches. But that’s all.“It is my problem, it is the player’s problem. A big lie that our relationship is not good, a big lie that we don’t communicate, a big lie that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team“So, be objective and say what we all know: in the last couple of matches he didn’t play well. Period. End of story. Now, it’s my problem and Paul’s problem to deal with it and try to improve his performance level.”Ibrahimovic was also involved at Carrington, the Swedish legend having not featured since the 2-2 draw against Burnley on December 26 as he works his way towards full fitness following a serious knee injury sustained in April.Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Marcus Rashford, who all missed the Huddersfield game, were also present at training.last_img read more

Green Island Primary Launches Jamaica Moves Club

first_imgStory Highlights The launch took place on Friday (April 5) during the celebration of the inaugural ‘National School Moves Day’ at the institution. Green Island Primary School in Hanover has launched its Jamaica Moves Club, aimed at promoting physical activity and proper nutrition among students. Health Promotions and Education Officer at the Hanover Health Department, Andrene Smith-Benjamin, who was at the school for the day’s activities, told JIS News that as one of the 100 pilot institutions under the Ministry of Health’s ‘Jamaica Moves’ initiative, Green Island Primary is required to form a club.center_img Green Island Primary School in Hanover has launched its Jamaica Moves Club, aimed at promoting physical activity and proper nutrition among students.The launch took place on Friday (April 5) during the celebration of the inaugural ‘National School Moves Day’ at the institution.Health Promotions and Education Officer at the Hanover Health Department, Andrene Smith-Benjamin, who was at the school for the day’s activities, told JIS News that as one of the 100 pilot institutions under the Ministry of Health’s ‘Jamaica Moves’ initiative, Green Island Primary is required to form a club.She noted that six students and two teachers have been trained as ‘Jamaica Moves’ ambassadors and have been mandated to help transform the school environment into a healthy setting by promoting better lifestyle practices.She said that, already, the club has up to 20 members, having merged with the school’s sports club.Health, Promotions and Education Officer at the Hanover Health Department, Andrene Smith-Benjamin addressing students at the Green Island Primary School in Hanover during National Schools’ Move Day activities on April 5. The Ministries of Health; and Education, Youth and Information collaborated to stage National School Moves Day under the theme ‘Love Yuh Body…Treat Yuh Body Right’.Celebrated in institutions involved in the ‘Jamaica Moves in Schools’ pilot programme, the day sought to promote the important role of physical activity among students and the impact on health.At Green Island Primary, students and staff were engaged in various activities, such as dancing and a hula-hoop competition.“The students were active. Even if they were not doing exactly what the activity was, they were just moving and constantly energised,” Mrs. Smith Benjamin told JIS News.She noted that students were educated about the importance of adopting healthy lifestyle practices and making healthy choices from an early age.“If you really look at the different lifestyle diseases that are affecting our country – diabetes, hypertension, obesity – these are all based on how we live our lives. We see that everybody knows somebody who has these diseases, and so it is necessary to curb it from an early age.“In the past, you found that mainly older persons would have these diseases, but now even young children suffer from diabetes, and so the initiative is to start early to promote a healthy lifestyle,” Mrs. Smith Benjamin said.The goal of National School Moves Day is to create a healthier environment within the school community, and is a direct response to addressing the risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCD).last_img read more

Japan group tests fuelsaving driverless trucks

first_img Explore further Citation: Japan group tests fuel-saving driverless trucks (2013, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-japan-group-fuel-saving-driverless-trucks.html (Phys.org) —Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has tested a caravan of self driving trucks. They put four trucks on the road, with the first truck driven by a human, followed by three autonomous trucks. The caravan successfully used technologies for steering, for maintaining speed, and for staying in formation, at a speed of 80km/h with a four-meter distance between each truck. As for technologies involved in the run, the self-driving vehicles had to be able to detect obstacles in front of them, “see” white lines, and carry out inter-vehicle communications; also included was the unit that controlled the vehicles running in formation. According to reports, a milliwave radar and infrared laser radars were used to detect obstacles. Cameras and infrared laser radars helped the trucks recognize white lines. A wireless communication module and infrared communications module enabled inter-vehicle communication. Two printed-circuit boards were used for the control unit to maintain formation. The NEDO self-driving trucks will not be part of Japan’s transportation system any time soon. NEDO hopes to have a practical version of this automated driving system ready around 2020. More tests are scheduled for later this year. More information: e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20130225D25JSN01.htmwww.houseofjapan.com/electroni … -trucks-in-formation Autonomous-driving Volvo convoy takes road in Spaincenter_img NEDO was established as a semi-governmental organization in 1980 to promote new energy technologies. The group is described on its website as Japan’s largest public research and development management organization. The NEDO project has a number of participants that include Hino Motors, Mitsubishi Electric, Oki Electric Industry, NEC, Denso, the University of Tokyo and Nihon University. The February 2013 test run is part of a project that was started in 2008 by NEDO. The key goal of NEDO’s truck exercise has been to see what can be accomplished in fuel efficiency. They reported that drag decreased by keeping the trucks in a straight line and four meters apart. They said that running convoys of trucks in this manner could contribute to lower air resistance, helping to reduce fuel consumption by 15 percent or more. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more