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  • After Canceling Booze, Canada Is Now Coming For Your Coffee

    02/17/2023 3:33:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 16, 2023 | Alex Mitchell
    After the country’s health officials released new guidance that having over two drinks a week can be a health detriment, now research from the University of Toronto says heavy coffee consumption is cause for concern as well. “These findings suggest that heavy coffee intake is associated with increases in the risk of kidney dysfunction among slow metabolizers of caffeine, who genetically comprise approximately half of the population,” an excerpt from the data read, adding that illnesses like hypertension could emerge. “We made a discovery back in 2006 with a case control study, where we showed that coffee increases the risk...
  • Up in Smoke: Black Activists Slam Kathy Hochul for Proposed Menthol Cigarette Ban

    02/07/2023 5:33:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 7, 2023 | Andrew Kerr
    Black activists are slamming New York governor Kathy Hochul (D.) for moving to ban flavored tobacco products while allowing rampant access to flavored marijuana. "You’re telling me that my 21-year-old son can buy all the cannabis he wants, but my grandmother who’s been smoking for 65 years can’t get a cigarette? It doesn’t make sense," said Corey Pegues, a retired black New York Police Department executive who is urging lawmakers to reject Hochul’s proposal. Pegues said the governor’s proposed legislation, which was tucked in her Jan. 10 State of the State plan, will disproportionately affect black voters. Critics say the...
  • A Cooked-Up Nanny State Crockpot

    01/20/2023 1:57:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 18, 2023 | Greg Maresca
    A Cooked-Up Nanny State CrockpotThe left wants you driving an electric car and now cooking on an electric stove, as they want to ban gas stoves. Richard Trumka of the Biden administration’s Consumer Product Safety Commission said gas stoves should be banned under the guise of public-health.This is the same administration claiming the border is secure and inflation under control. We are $31 trillion in debt with Social Security heading toward insolvency and the left wants to know what you cook on. We are $31 trillion in debt with Social Security heading toward insolvency and the left wants to know...
  • Bringing cake to office as harmful as passive smoking, UK food watchdog says

    01/18/2023 5:42:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    SKY News ^ | January 18, 2023 | By Niamh Lynch, news reporter
    Bringing cake into the office is as harmful as passive smoking, the UK's top food watchdog has suggested. Professor Susan Jebb, chairwoman of the Food Standards Agency, said workers should think twice before bringing unhealthy treats into the workplace which might tempt colleagues. She told The Times: "We all like to think we're rational, intelligent, educated people who make informed choices the whole time, and we undervalue the impact of the environment. "If nobody brought cakes into the office, I would not eat cakes in the day, but because people do bring cakes in, I eat them. Now, OK, I...
  • New Zealand Bans Cigarette Sales to Everyone Born After 2008

    12/14/2022 6:33:59 AM PST · by RandFan · 58 replies
    NYT ^ | Dec 14 | By Tiffany May
    New Zealand on Tuesday passed extensive legislation aimed at preventing minors from becoming smokers, including a lifetime prohibition on cigarette sales to everyone born after 2008. Under the new laws, which take effect next year, the country’s smoking age of 18 would be raised year by year until it applied to the whole population. Beginning in 2023, those under 15 would be barred from buying cigarettes for the rest of their lives. The legislation is the result of more than a decade of public health campaigns. In 2011, New Zealand first announced its plans to reduce smoking levels to below...
  • Marijuana use is becoming a new normal among young adults

    10/18/2022 8:12:30 AM PDT · by fwdude · 185 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct. 18, 2022 | Daniel de Visé
    Cannabis users soon may be a majority among young adults in the District of Columbia and several pot-friendly states, a trend that points to a potential future of destigmatized marijuana across much of the nation. More than two-fifths of young men and women nationwide now use cannabis at least on occasion, according to federal data, a quotient that has risen steadily in a decade of relentless legalization. Much of the trend is driven by young women, who have all but closed a decades-long gender gap in marijuana use.
  • NTSB wants all new vehicles to check drivers for alcohol use

    09/20/2022 5:03:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 20, 2022 | By TOM KRISHER
    DETROIT (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all new vehicles in the U.S. be equipped with blood alcohol monitoring systems that can stop an intoxicated person from driving. The recommendation, if enacted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, could reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes, one of the biggest causes of highway deaths in the U.S. The new push to make roads safer was included in a report released Tuesday about a horrific crash last year in which a drunk driver collided head-on with another vehicle near Fresno, California, killing both adult drivers and seven...
  • Ford tests new speed-limiting tech that automatically slows down vehicles as they approach schools, hospitals and shopping areas

    05/24/2022 2:25:53 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/24/2022 | Sophie Curtis
    A geofence is a technology that makes use of location data to set up an invisible barrier in the real world. Often the technology uses GPS, but it can also use other data signals such as cellular, WiFi or RFID. You can't see or feel anything when you pass through a geofence, but if you are carrying a connected device, it will send out a signal that you have crossed the electronic boundary. This may trigger a programmed action - such as a message to appear on your phone, or in the case of Ford's internet-connected cars, impose a speed...
  • FDA's proposed menthol cigarette ban could save 248,000 Black lives in 4 years

    05/21/2022 5:10:11 PM PDT · by Apparatchik · 88 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | May 20, 2021 | Stephen Williams TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    On April 28, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes, which are smoked by more than 18.5 million people ages 12 and older. More than 85% of menthol smokers are African American. By comparison, 30% of menthol smokers are white. Menthol cigarettes are also more popular in the Latin and Asian communities. From that date in April, the public, including the tobacco industry, has 60 days to make comments.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 480,000 Americans die from tobacco-related disease, every year. This is including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from...
  • More Research Needed on Use of Premium Cigars, Report Finds

    04/19/2022 4:32:38 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 29 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | March 10, 2022 | Joyce Friedan
    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, except when it's a "premium cigar." But what does "premium" mean, and do premium cigars affect people's health differently than other cigars, or cigarettes?These are just a few of the questions that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine tried to tackle in its report on "Health Effects and Patterns of Use of Premium Cigars." However, the 14-member committee that issued the report ran into some difficulties, one of which was determining what a "premium" cigar was."One of the challenges that we faced was that there was no single consistent definition of...
  • Post Office Cops Used Social Media Surveillance Program Illegally

    04/01/2022 5:41:32 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 17 replies
    Motherboard - Tech by Vice ^ | March 31, 2022 | Aaron Gordon & Joseph Cox
    The United States Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the post office, was “not legally authorized” to conduct blanket keyword searches of social media for terms such as “protest,” “attack,” and “destroy,” an inspector general investigation found, because it is only supposed to investigate cases with some connection to the post office or the mail. The USPSIS is the oldest police agency in the country, called the United States Postal Inspection Service, or USPIS. Its job is to police the mail and crimes related to the mail such as mail fraud. USPIS dates back to a time when...

    Back in the day, just about everything that used a battery had a hatch or a hutch that you could open to pull it out and replace it if need be. Whether it was a radio, a cordless phone, or a cellphone, it was a cinch to swap out a battery. These days, many devices hide their batteries, deep beneath tamper-proof stickers and warnings that state there are “no user serviceable components inside.” The EU wants to change all that, though, and has voted to mandate that everything from cellphones to e-bikes must have easily replaceable batteries, with the legislation...
  • Lightfoot wants to crack down on childhood obesity

    01/19/2022 2:29:52 PM PST · by simpson96 · 60 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/15/2022 | Fran Spielman
    Determined to reduce childhood obesity, Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved Wednesday to stop Chicago restaurants from automatically serving kids meals with sugary, high-calorie drinks. At a City Council meeting, Lightfoot introduced an ordinance that would prohibit Chicago restaurants from serving or marketing pop and other sugary drinks as the “default beverage” with kids meals. Parents would still be able to request sugary drinks for their children. Instead, the “default” beverages on kids meals would be: • Water or sparkling water or flavored water with “no added natural or artificial sweeteners” • Nonfat or 1% dairy milk containing “no more than 130...
  • Lightfoot wants to crack down on childhood obesity

    12/16/2021 1:13:15 PM PST · by Paul46360 · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun*Times ^ | 12-15-21 | Fran Spielman
    At a City Council meeting, Lightfoot introduced an ordinance that would prohibit Chicago restaurants from serving or marketing pop and other sugary drinks as the “default beverage” with kids meals. Parents would still be able to request sugary drinks for their children.Why can't parents have that SAME SAY for the VAXX????
  • Banned: Books on race and sexuality are disappearing from Texas schools in record numbers (NBC "news")

    02/01/2022 10:37:30 AM PST · by MAGA2017 · 47 replies
    NBC News (cough) ^ | 2/1/22 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    KATY, Texas — From a secluded spot in her high school library, a 17-year-old girl spoke softly into her cellphone, worried that someone might overhear her say the things she’d hidden from her parents for years. They don’t know she’s queer, the student told a reporter, and given their past comments about homosexuality’s being a sin, she’s long feared they would learn her secret if they saw what she reads in the library. That space, with its endless rows of books about characters from all sorts of backgrounds, has been her “safe haven,” she said — one of the few...
  • Florida bill would allow cameras in classrooms and microphones on teachers

    01/13/2022 2:32:09 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | 01 13 2022 | Jacqueline Quynh
    Florida lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow schools districts to put cameras in classrooms and microphones on teachers. The measure was proposed by state Representative Bob Rommel, a Republican from Naples. "I think if we can do it in a safe way to protect the privacy of students and teachers, I think we should do it," he told CBS Miami. "I haven't heard a response good or bad from any teachers, but … it's not their private space. It's our children's space, too." But Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco told the station a handful of Broward County...
  • Judge Fines Cancer Patient, 72, for Overgrown Lawn: ‘I’d Give Jail Time if I Could’

    01/13/2022 11:58:55 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 112 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 13, 2022 | Hannah Sparks
    A hardline judge has fined and ridiculed a 72-year-old Michigan man with lymphoma, ruling that he “should be ashamed” of being too weak to mow his overgrown lawn. Burhan Chowdhury of Hamtramck, a community about six miles north of Detroit, admittedly fell behind in yard maintenance after he was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes in 2019. His overgrown property prompted local officials to subpoena Chowdhury. In now-viral footage of the Zoom court hearing on Jan. 10, Chowdhury’s breathing appeared labored as Judge Alexis G. Krot of the 31st District Court berated him. “You should be ashamed of yourself,”...
  • Bringing home the bacon tops new California laws in 2022

    12/30/2021 10:40:58 PM PST · by blueplum · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 29 December 2021 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It’s not often that bacon leads a roundup of new laws taking effect with the New Year in California. But even in progressive California, that’s the headline-grabber. It’s among a host of other legislation designed to safeguard employees, shield those seeking abortions, protect protesters from police, spare children from gender influence in store displays, and further ease criminal penalties to reduce mass incarceration. Several of the laws mark national “firsts” — first minimum wage to reach $15 an hour, first to protect warehouse workers from quotas, first to mandate hourly wages for garment workers, first to...
  • New Zealand to ban smoking for next generation in bid to outlaw habit by 2025

    12/10/2021 3:22:59 PM PST · by Its All Over Except ... · 101 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 12/9/2021 | Tess McClure
    People currently aged 14 and under will never be able to legally purchase tobacco. New Zealand has announced it will outlaw smoking for the next generation, so that those who are aged 14 and under today will never be legally able to buy tobacco. New legislation means the legal smoking age will increase every year, to create a smoke-free generation of New Zealanders, associate health minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said on Thursday. “This is a historic day for the health of our people,” she said. ...
  • Child Tax Credit 2021: Here's when the fifth check will deposit

    11/12/2021 11:23:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 12, 2021 | BY AIMEE PICCHI
    Money from the Child Tax Credit program is set to hit U.S. parents' bank accounts on Monday. After that, the sixth and final check is scheduled to be deposited on December 15. The future of the expanded Child Tax Credit program remains in limbo amid negotiations over scaling back President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion social spending plan, which included an extension of the CTC through 2025. To slash spending in the bill, some lawmakers want to limit the tax credit's renewal to just one or two years. As talks among Democratic lawmakers continues, the future of the family assistance measure...