Kansas City has seen a growing number of vape shops. Throughout the U.S., electronic cigarette use, or vaping, has rapidly increased, and many users are children.
Nicotine use is usually established in adolescence, with companies targeting kids. Although many people believe e-cigarettes are safer than real cigarettes, nicotine in any form is dangerous, long-term effects are still unknown and their use can lead to regular cigarette usage.
I see the chronic effects of tobacco use, not only in my professional life as an internist and pediatrician, but also in my personal life as my father, a smoker, died of lung cancer.
Never miss a local story.
My patients suffer with the long-term effects of tobacco use. Some need oxygen tanks because of lung and heart disease. Others suffered devastating strokes, leaving them unable to talk to their loved ones.
No one imagines this future when they pick up their first vape. No one wishes for his or her children to suffer the way my father and many of my patients do.
Talk to your teens about e-cigarettes and set a good example by having a tobacco- and e-cigarette-free home.
It’s so wonderful that so many celebrities wore black to January’s Golden Globe Awards. Just by doing that, celebrities are accomplishing so much for our society.
I’m sure wearing black and then posting a picture on Instagram will surely end the culture of sexual harassment plaguing Hollywood. Celebrities have even made their profile pictures the #TimesUp logo. Talk about commitment.
It’s especially great to see actresses wear black when they’ve worked for Woody Allen.
Instead of not letting men like that get hired in the first place, let’s just let it go on for years and then create a movement, right?
A mistake is setting your alarm clock to p.m. instead of a.m., or buying 2 percent milk instead of 1 percent. Taping a naked woman to exercise rings, then blindfolding, photographing and allegedly blackmailing her is not a “mistake.”
And now a growing number of Republicans are questioning whether Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should remain in office? I suppose this is the new normal, with Greitens now in the pantheon of Republicans who have left wives in the dust: Donald Trump, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Sanford, Rudy Giuliani and Bob Barr, to name a few.
Had Bill Clinton divorced Hillary Clinton, married Monica Lewinsky and switched parties, likely all would have been forgiven.
But don’t worry, Governor. It will all blow over. Memories are short. After all, “The Bachelor” is on tonight.
John D. Rosin
San Francisco, Calif.
Hits keep coming
First, Eric Hosmer signs with the San Diego Padres — sad news for Kansas City. Then the Chiefs trade Marcus Peters to the L.A. Rams for second- and fourth-round draft picks — bad news for Kansas City.
And now the Plaza III steakhouse is being replaced with a health restaurant. A health restaurant. We’re doomed, Kansas City!
U.S. tech might
I have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Kansas State University, where I studied atmospheric chemistry and climate change in the 1970s. The data regarding global warming is not new by any means, and I strongly support continuing the Clean Power Plan.
I remember when the U.S. won the space race with the Soviet Union. I remember the moonwalks, and the pride Americans had in the fact that we were the world leader in science, technology and industry. Science was important to America. It was true and respected.
None of this is true anymore. President Donald Trump dismisses the science that brought the U.S. to world leadership as a hoax. Science has given us an international space station orbiting the earth, yet Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency denies the scientific facts of global climate change caused by human activity and carbon emissions.
This administration refuses to invest in the clean energy of the future that is imperative if we are to contain runaway global warming.
We are no longer the leader of scientific and technological advancement. We beat the Soviet Union in the 1950s, but we are now handing the world’s future of energy to China. One reason the Chinese are so eager to pursue clean power is that coal-powered energy has made the air in Beijing and Shanghai virtually unbreathable. Do you want that for the U.S.?
I am asking the EPA to join a broader, whole-government response to the scientific fact that climate change is real, and caused by human emissions. I am asking Americans to support clean energy and clean-energy candidates. It is imperative to continue the Clean Power Plan.