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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Is that whipped cream? Nope, it's vaping liquid. And it can be deadly to kids

Long week? Short List. Catch up on news everyone's talking about: Kids drinking e-cigarette liquid, Trump and Mueller, and prom dress outrage.
Is that whipped cream? Nope, it's vaping liquid. And it can be deadly to kids

Kids mistakenly drink e-cigarette liquid that's packaged like junk food 

Some e-cigarette liquid packaging looks just like that

Some e-cigarette packaging looks eerily similar to food that is irresistible to kids,  prompting some children to accidentally drink liquid nicotine, according to federal regulators. Between January 2012 and April 2017, there were more than 8,200 e-cigarette and liquid nicotine exposures among children younger than 6. The Food and Drug Administration warned 13 e-cigarette liquid makers and sellers Tuesday that they need to change packaging. Products targeted include: "One Mad Hit Juice Box," which resembles children's apple juice boxes; "Vape Heads Sour Smurf Sauce," which resembles War Heads candy; and "Whip'd Strawberry," which looks like Reddi-wip topping. 


President Trump's crusade against the media and news leaks turned Tuesday against The New York Times report  listing questions that special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask Trump concerning Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump bashed the leaking of the questions as "disgraceful" and again denied allegations of collusion, calling it "a made up, phony crime." Trump claimed there were no questions regarding collusion on Mueller's reported list. (Spoiler alert: There are many on the topic.) The president also attacked allegations of obstruction of justice: "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!" Also Tuesday: A Monmouth University poll shows only 41% of Americans approved of Trump's job performance in April.

Prom dress, or cultural appropriation? 

A Utah teenager's prom dress has the Internet debating: Is wearing a Chinese traditional dress to prom harmless or full-on cultural appropriation? Keziah Daum, who is not Chinese, wore a traditional Chinese dress to her prom on April 22 and tweeted a photo in the outfit. Daum found the dress at a vintage store and thought it was "beautiful." Others saw something else. "My culture is NOT your god**** prom dress," tweeted Jeremy Lam. Daum has repeatedly tweeted she meant no harm in wearing the dress, and some have expressed support for her dress choice. "I love and appreciate diversity and other cultures," Daum tweeted Saturday. "I mean no hate. I love everyone." Speaking of prom, one Michigan school is doling out "modesty ponchos" at prom. 

Generation Z is the loneliest. And it's harming their health

Loneliness is a public health problem and now has a new face: young Americans. Members of Generation Z are far more likely than senior citizens to report being lonely and in poor health, according to a surprising survey of 20,000 Americans released Tuesday. The overall national loneliness score was alarmingly high at 44 on a scale of 20 to 80. But the prevalence of social isolation among those ages 18 to 22 raises even more concern with a rating of 48. Why does loneliness matter? It has the same effect on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it more dangerous than obesity, said Cigna, a health insurer that sponsored the study. Loneliness can also lead to chronic inflammation, damaged tissue and blood vessels, and an increased risk of heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.

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