FDA Blows Smoke, Plus More

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Today we've got: Obama being so thirsty, FDA stubbing out health concerns and Janet Jackson drops baby

1. FDA Stubs Out E-cigarettes


The Short of It

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it will start regulating all tobacco products. E-cigarettes, hookah tobacco and cigars included.

The Longer Version of It

Up until recently the FDA was restricted to only regulating cigarettes, cigarette-related products and smokeless tobacco. Now, the FDA will be able to review tobacco products that haven't been introduced to the market, evaluate their ingredients and the ways they are manufactured. What's more, the new regulations ban the selling of e-cigarettes to kids.

A Bit of Backstory

In 2009, after a study found levels of carcinogens and toxic chemicals in e-cigarette samples, the FDA tried to completely outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes. A court ruling in 2010 stated that the FDA had failed to prove evidence of health risks and so the FDA couldn't touch the e-cigarette issue until now.

A Little More To Bring Up In Conversation

Just this week the governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed a law raising the smoking age from 18 to 21.

2. Obama Sips Flint


The Short of It

President Obama went to Flint, Michigan where the city's ongoing water crisis continues to affect its residents.

The Longer Version of It

Obama met with Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Karen Weaver to assure residents that the federal government wasn't turning a blind eye to their straits.

In 2013 the city of Flint switched over their water supply from the Detroit System to the Flint River in an attempt to save money and that's when the water contamination happened. The water supply became tainted by lead in the older pipes and raised a number of health problems amongst the residents and their children.

City health officials now declare the water to be safe to use as long as it is filtered. During a press conference, Obama took a sip of the water and insisted the city's failures had been resolved, saying "Generally I don't do stunts, but here you go."

3. Trump: Now He's Here


The Short of It

Donald Trump is bottle popping.

The Longer Version of It

Donald Trump who has been declaring himself the "presumptive nominee" long before his wins in the Northeast primaries, became the actual presumptive nominee yesterday, after Governor. John Kasich (Republican - Ohio) threw in the towel. Senator Ted Cruz (Republican - Texas) also called it quits earlier in the week after losing to the businessman in the Indiana primaries.

Now Trump is weighing his is VP options and he's got former presidential rival and now-Trump backer Dr. Ben Carson on his mind.

Some Tid Bits

A CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday after Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee revealed that Hillary Clinton is holding a pretty sizable lead against her contender. Fifty-four percent of those polled were for Clinton while 41 percent were for Mr. Trump.

Why We're Raising an Eyebrow

Months of Trump blocking strategy by the Republican party couldn't stop the Trump train and now those who thought the idea of a "President Trump" was a total joke have to go eat their words and change gears. The "anyone but Trump" strategy will now have to be an "anyone but a Democrat" campaign.

4. Janet Jackson Drops Her Baby


Janet Jackson dropped a video for her new single "Dammn Baby" yesterday amid internet chatter that the superstar is expecting.

Gossip that the singer, who turns 50 this month, is pregnant began to swirl soon after she announced plans to put her "Unbreakable" world tour on hold in order to focus on starting a family with her husband Wissam Al Mana.

"We're in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change," Jackson explained in a video she posted to Twitter in April. "I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family, so I'm going to have to delay the tour."

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