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Testimony in Washington State Assembly Commerce & Gaming Committee

June 29, 2016  •  Washington State Legislature

Please click here for my very quick June 28th testimony on e-cigarette regulation in Washington State. Or copy and paste this link:

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Whole Foods Goes From Defrauding Consumers To Endangering Them
The USDA organic designation has nothing to do with food safety, nutrition or quality.

June 29, 2016  •

Like a petty criminal who progresses to increasingly more serious crimes,Whole Foods Market violations of state and federal law have been escalating. They've gone from defrauding their customers to adopting food preparation practices that actually endanger them. And that's not all.

Known sardonically as "Whole Paycheck" for their outrageous prices, Whole Foods has been guilty of widespread cheating. New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) investigators found last year that the company systematically ripped off unwitting customers by "routinely" overstating the weight of pre-packaged foods–including meats, seafood, dairy and baked goods. The co-CEO called these thefts "mistakes."

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School Lunch Shouldn't Be Middle-Class Welfare
House Republicans propose reducing—not eliminating—the number of middle-class families who get taxpayers to pay for their kids' school lunches. Democrats go wild.

June 24, 2016  •  The Federalist

First Lady Michelle Obama touted the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 as a way to make school meals more nutritious and accessible to reduce childhood obesity rates. But after more than five years, the program has few positive results: a recent study shows childhood obesity levels haven't declined (and in some demographics, have increased), food waste at schools is way up, and kids from families that don't need subsidized meals still get them, courtesy of federal taxpayers.

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The Nanny State Advances
The Nanny State Advances Statement on Passage of Anti-Soda Tax in Philadelphia

June 17, 2016  •  National Center Press Release

New York, NY / Washington, D.C. - In the first success of its nature for "nanny state" advocates after many years of trying, Philadelphia Thursday became the first major city to attempt to control the non-alcoholic drink choices of its residents by enacting a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on soda, tea, sports and energy drinks. This is expected to embolden nanny state tax advocates across the United States.

The tax, like others on food and food-related items, will fall disproportionately on lower income individuals.

The National Center for Public Policy Research's director of Risk Analysis,Jeff Stier, is available to speak with reporters and has a statement:

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American Docs Need to Learn From Royal College of Physicians

June 6, 2016  •  Morning Consult

Author's Note: On June 2nd, the New England Journal of Medicine published a case vignette, "A man considering the use of E-cigarettes."  the following piece, which was written earlier, provides valuable guidance to physicians seeking to answer the NEJM's question.

England's Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recommended on April 28th that doctors "promote the use of e-cigarettes, NRT and other non-tobacco nicotine products as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the UK."

This comes less than a year after a review of the scientific literature by Public Health England found that e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

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