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THE HIGHLIGHTS

There’s a new study on vaping. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Last year, the FDA said ‘bad news’ and announced that teen e-cigarette use has become an epidemic. E-cigarettes are relatively new and come in different flavors, like mango or mint. Think: a sleeker, more futuristic version of a cigarette. Problem, since lately, the FDA’s been investigating over a thousand cases of people suffering seizures and other respiratory illnesses after vaping. And already, at least 19 people have died from this mysterious disease. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, a new study came out on vaping. Hint: it’s not good. Researchers exposed mice to e-cigarette vapor containing nicotine over a period of 54 weeks. The results: out of 40 mice, 22.5% developed lung cancer. Not to mention more than half showed early signs of bladder cancer. You read that right. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Big deal, since the link between vaping and cancer for mice means e-cigarette use proooobably leads to serious health issues for humans, too. Case in point: the researchers said “it’s foreseeable that if you smoke e-cigarettes, all kinds of disease comes out. Long term, some cancer will come out, probably.” All of this comes as major retailers - like Walgreens and Kroger - will stop selling e-cigarettes. 

 

SO…?

More and more health issues are being linked to vaping. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: Prez Trump’s not feeling the love. Reminder: the other day, he announced that he’d be pulling US troops out of Syria - opening the door for Turkey to launch a military offensive against the Kurds, a minority group that’s helped the US fight ISIS for years. Spoiler alert: pretty much everyone wasn’t a fan - including Republicans. Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) called the decision a “grave mistake” - while Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it was “short-sighted and irresponsible.” Oh, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it’ll “only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.” Political fireworks, launched. Speaking of which, the Trump team’s ordering a diplomat not to testify before Congress in the investigation into the Ukraine scandal. 

 

USA: The Supreme Court’s back in business. Today, the Supremes are expected to hear three cases on whether it’s legal to fire workers due to sexual orientation or gender identity. The cases are largely seen as setting the stage for a “landmark civil rights ruling.” Stay tuned. Meanwhile, yesterday, a federal judge ordered Prez Trump to turn over his tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney. The Prez quickly appealed - meaning things are at a standstill until the court figures out next steps. This comes after Trump shook his head to revealing his tax returns - which is the standard for presidential candidates. Suspense, thick. And in other news, the 400 wealthiest Americans reportedly pay a lower total tax rate than any other group. 

 

WORLD: All eyes are on Hong Kong, China, and the NBA. Quick refresher: for months, protesters have been taking to the streets in Hong Kong to demand more freedom and democracy. Cue China’s efforts to crack down on these protests. Fast forward to the other day, and the general manager of the Houston Rockets in the US tweeted support for the Hong Kong protesters. Leading China to retaliate - and ultimately leading the NBA to say ‘so sorry’ to China. Intro backlash. Meanwhile, the US is blacklisting 28 Chinese organizations and bizes with ties to the Uighur Muslim (a predominantly-Muslim ethnic group) camps in Xinjiang, China - camps that are largely seen as internment camps. 


WHAT TO KNOW

20:” how many new moons researchers just discovered around Saturn. Out of this world. 


SAY WHAT?

“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy” - South Park after China virtually banned the show. 

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