The Food and Drug Administration extended current tobacco regulations to e-cigarettes. The ruling will ban people under the age of 18 from purchasing the popular alternative. The restrictions will take effect in 90 days.
Marketers frequently present e-cigs as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products. They use a nicotine-laced liquid which is infused with a variety of flavors. Users inhale or “vape” the flavored vapor produced from the device. Enterprising manufacturers sell vaping flavors children often find familiar, like cotton candy and bubble gum — a major concern to some legislators. Even though overall smoking rates are trending downward, e-cig usage among middle and high schoolers tripled from 2013 to 2014.
There’s also some debate about the comparative health benefits of e-cigs over traditional cigarettes. E-cigs don’t burn tobacco, eliminating the established hazard of smoke. However, many experts believe there isn’t nearly enough research available on e-cigs to definitively prove them a safer alternative. Researchers studied cigarettes for decades, and their long-term effects are well documented. There’s no getting around the lack of longitudinal data for a relatively new practice. It’ll take some time.
We’ll see if restricting vape sales leads to less chocolate and berry-filled homerooms, playgrounds, and empty parking lots.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.