"What's disconcerting is that not only the companies are making these claims that the products are safer or could be good for cessation, but FDA itself has made statements that imply - if not outright state - that these products are safer and could be used for cessation. But there is no proof that that's true." -Lauren Lempert
This week on Living Lab Radio:
- Tobacco law and policy specialist Lauren Lempert explains what FDA has, hasn't, and could do to regulate e-cigarettes, and why many tiptoe around their possible use as a way to quit smoking.
- Nathaniel Fuchs of Brown University makes the case that logistical hurdles and healthcare access are bigger barriers to vaccination than anti-vaccine sentiment. The flip side of the argument is that boosting vaccination rates may be easier than changing people's minds about vaccines.
- Joshua Conrad Jackson of UNC Chapel Hill lays out the evidence linking climate change to a rise in nationalist policies and politicians. The key is a double-edged sword called cultural tightness.
- Astrophysicist and author Sean Carroll explains that copies of the entire universe may be spinning off every second, and how that idea might help unify multiple aspects of physics.