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  • Sen. Tim Kaine: 'I Strongly Support' Ban On Flavored E-Cigarettes
    NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks to Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia about his reaction to President Trump's proposed ban of flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine pods.

  • What An Opioid Settlement Would Mean For Treatment
    Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: The maker of OxyContin has reached a tentative settlement deal with the thousands of municipalities and states that have sued. Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, which owns the company, could be on the hook for billions of dollars. What good can that money do? How could it help the communities across the country that were flooded with the company's drugs? Laura Jones is a social worker in Morgantown, W. Va. She's the executive director of Milan Puskar Health Right. That's a free clinic that, among other things, helps treat people addicted to opioids. Thank you so much for joining us. LAURA JONES: Thank you. Thank you for having me. GARCIA-NAVARRO: Can you just take me into Morgantown and just describe to me the effect that the opioid crisis has had on your community? JONES: Well, certainly, we have a lot of emergency situations. We've had many, many overdoses over the years. It has affected businesses and their

  • Vaping And Cigarette Ads
    Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: It's been a bad summer for people who vape. As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control has reported six deaths and 380 cases of respiratory illness related to e-cigarettes in the United States. While those cases seem to be tied to additives, much of the criticism for vaping centers on its advertising, which appears to target young people. All this is very familiar to Dr. Robert Jackler. He's a surgeon at Stanford University in California who spent years researching ads for big tobacco and e-cigarettes alike. Dr. Jackler, welcome to the program. ROBERT JACKLER: Thank you, Lulu. It's good to be here. GARCIA-NAVARRO: Now, most of your research has been focused on print advertising. But since this is radio, let's listen to an old Marlboro ad. And we'll explain why we're doing this in a moment. Here's one touting the benefits of a new filter. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Yes, a new filter

  • Understanding Surprise Medical Bills Legislation
    Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Maybe this has happened to you or someone you love. You go to the hospital. You have a procedure done. Then comes a nasty surprise - a medical bill for thousands or tens of thousands of dollars not covered by insurance. Now legislation in the House and Senate is inching forward that would roll back that practice, but it's faced a lot of resistance and millions of dollars in advertising and lobbying. Who's responsible? Emmarie Huetteman of Kaiser Health News joins me now to explain. Good morning. EMMARIE HUETTEMAN: Good morning. Thanks for having me. GARCIA-NAVARRO: So we've heard about these so-called surprise bills before, but briefly explain to us what is actually going on here. The official term is balance billing, right? HUETTEMAN: That's correct. So what's happening is, in many parts across the country that haven't banned this yet, patients get a bill that is the difference between what their doctor charged and what

  • Health Experts: Trump Ban On Flavored E-Cigarettes Would Have Little Impact
    Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5 . MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: The Trump administration says it wants to ban flavored vaping products in an effort to stop the rise of e-cigarette use among young people. Some critics say a ban won't stop kids from vaping. But according to Zeninjor Enwemeka from member station WBUR, some young people say the ban is a good idea. ZENINJOR ENWEMEKA, BYLINE: Hundreds of recent cases of lung illnesses and even some deaths related to vaping across the country were enough to get Lucas Barbiero to think twice about his e-cigarette. He's a student at Suffolk University in Boston. LUCAS BARBIERO: After, like, I saw the reports and stuff about vaping, I was like, you know, I'm, like, 22 years old. I, you know, I have a whole life ahead of me, so I just threw it away. ENWEMEKA: Barbiero says he tossed his e-cigarette after hearing that some of those illnesses were impacting people younger than him. And so he says it's a good idea to ban flavored

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