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Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2018

FDA announces crackdown on vaping industry

Orlandos Matt Kleizo built a vape company because he wanted to help smokers quit. Fast Eddies Vape Shop, named after Kleizos 6-year-old son, is the center of what he says is a $10 million company. A former smoker, he says vaping was his key to quitting. But the vaping industry is at a crossroads as advocates and opponents weigh the risks. Cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable death in the United States; smoking kills almost half a million people every year. The dilemma facing vape advocates is this: how to get addicted smokers to switch to less harmful e-cigarettes, without tempting non-smokers into a nicotine habit. The 2017 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey found that Florida high-school students used e-cigarettes ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Race To Replace DeSantis Heats Up

Democrats see an opportunity to flip former congressman Ron DeSantiss seat this November. Republican Michael Waltz and Democrat Nancy Soderberg are facing off to replace DeSantis in Floridas Sixth Congressional District.
Published in 2018 Election

UCF Scientist Reinvigorates Pluto Planetary Debate

The debate over Plutos classification as a planet has been reinvigorated. A planetary scientist from the University of Central Florida argues Pluto should be reclassified as a planet once again.
Published in Space

One Year After Irma, Everglades City Struggles to Rebuild

Everglades Citys storm surge could have happened anywhere. The communitys recovery now a year in the making is a window into the future for coastal communities across Florida in a warming world. Gov. Rick Scott's climate change policy of denial has left the state to focus after disasters on how to build rather than where to build.
Published in Environment