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Blowing smoke: Profit motive — and scant evidence — propel dire warnings about surgical fumes

Just breathing the air in an operating room where hot surgical tools are being used to slice and cauterize tissue — emitting puffs of caustic smoke in the process — is said to be the equivalent of smoking up to 30 unfiltered cigarettes a day. The smoke co
statnews.com
added May 11, 2017 20:05
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[Canada] Ottawa Public Health looking at marijuana rollout

You likely won’t be able to smoke legal marijuana anywhere you can’t smoke cigarettes today when pot becomes legal next year. But that’s just one of the challenges Ottawa Public Health is working out.
Metro (ca)
added May 2, 2017 16:46
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The Other Right-Wing Tidal Wave Sweeping America: Federal and State Preemption of Local Progressive Laws

the National League of Cities released a report tracking an outbreak of state laws stepping on and nullifying local progressive laws and policies across the country. The picture it paints in seven key areas is shocking to anyone who believes in local demo
AlterNet.org
added Mar 3, 2017 13:23
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[California] 'Pot-friendly' gym where people will be encouraged to use the drug while working out will open in San Francisco

Jim McAlpine is set to open Power Plant Gym in San Francisco, California - where not only will smoking pot during a workout be acceptable, it will be encouraged. The 46-year-old, along with former NFL star and marijuana advocate Ricky Williams, is hopin
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Feb 27, 2017 16:46
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[Canada] EDITORIAL: Beyond concern about labels

It’s a tough call, whether companies soon to be marketing recreational marijuana should be allowed to brand their product. A precedent is in the works with tobacco, to deny manufacturers the right to have distinctive packaging. Some would extend that sa
Pictou County News (ca)
added Feb 15, 2017 01:13
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The Lawyer Who Will Shape Trump’s Presidency ($$)

Absent from the spotlight was Donald McGahn of Jones Day, the lawyer that the U.S. Office of Government Ethics had tried eagerly to reach in the days after the election to discuss Trump’s conflicts, who was general counsel for Trump’s presidential campai
Law360
added Jan 20, 2017 22:10
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[New York] EDITORIAL: ‘You caused the health crisis; you pay for it’

“The effects that oxycodone and hydrocodone produce in the brain are indistinguishable from the effects produced by heroin,”...now would be a good time for state attorneys general to start researching a possible case against the pharmaceutical companies,
Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, NY)
added Nov 16, 2016 20:25
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[New York] Coal Industry, Feeling Cornered, Peeks at Big Tobacco Playbook

website of a coal industry association when he came across a presentation that startled him: “Survival Is Victory: Lessons From the Tobacco Wars."...the coal industry was...deliberately drawing a comparison between itself and the tobacco companies. That
New York Times
added Aug 16, 2016 13:41
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Statement from FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D. announcing the acting director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence

The FDA is honored to be an integral part of the Vice President’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative (“Cancer Moonshot”), which calls on the agency to leverage the combined skills of regulatory scientists and reviewers with expertise in drugs, biologics
FDA - Food and Drug Administration
added Jun 29, 2016 21:50
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EPA Faces Lawsuit Over Grants to Scientists on Clean Air Panel

The Energy & Environment Legal Institute alleges that these scientists are dependent upon the EPA for funding..."makes a mockery of the notion of 'independent'..." institute lawyer Steve Milloy...Western States Trucking Association and...James Enstrom as
NewsMax
added Jun 27, 2016 22:11
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