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By Brad Friedman on 3/5/2014, 5:58pm PT
On Tuesday, the L.A. City Council voted to join cities like New York and Chicago by banning e-cigarette use in the same public spaces where tobacco use is banned, such as “farmers’ markets, parks, recreational areas, beaches, indoor workplaces such as bars and nightclubs, outdoor dining areas and other places where lighting up is banned.”
On this week’s BradCast on KPFK/Pacifica Radio Brad spoke with L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5) about why they voted to impose the ban, despite the dearth of evidence that e-cig ‘vaping’ is harmful to either the user or anyone else, and the evidence (include my own personal story) that vaping is, hands down, the most effective way for smokers to stop smoking. In fact, as describe during the show, view it as a “miracle” that will save countless lives and that banning it — or making it harder to vape in any way, without good reason — will, quite frankly, result in countless unnecessary deaths.
Even Koretz admitted during the interview that there’s a “99% possibility” that vaping is “much safer than smoking”.
But he was low-balling it, frankly. As you’ll hearing during the show, this is a very personal issue for me. But you can decide for yourself if Koretz makes the case for the L.A. City Council’s ban. Either way, the ban will only go into effect if Mayor Eric Garcetti approves it.
Garcetti can be contacted at http://www.lamayor.org/contact
While listening to 90.7FM http://www.kpfk.org Connect the Dots w/ Lila Garrett this morning, a guest made me get online and look her up. Cindy Sheehan was saying all the things that a person who wants equality, free education, programs for mothers who would like to stay longer than 6 weeks with their newborn children, an end to privatization of the prison industrialized caste system, continued Medicare and Social Security and a universal healthcare system to name some important issues within this country.
I live in the State of California and would love to see this woman as governor. She could and would make a difference for the people. She had my vote when she stated: “I voted for Cynthia McKinney in 2008”.
Cindy Sheehan, aged 56, is an internationally renowned peace and social justice activist.
Sheehan’s oldest son Casey was killed in Iraq on April 04, 2004 and many came to know about her and her work when she set up a peace camp near the faux-ranch of then president George W. Bush in Crawford, TX in the summer of 2005.
Since then, Cindy Sheehan, has traveled the world working with fellow activists demanding peace and working with others to help create a world that is peaceful and more economically secure and equal.
Cindy Sheehan is a native Californian who was raised in a California where education was excellent and other social safety nets were not as small and filled with holes so big, millions of Californians fall through while the rich and corporations keep exploiting more of this state’s wealth and resources.
Sheehan majored in California History at UCLA and envisions a state that leads the world in peace, economic stability and equality, environmental sustainability and delivering high-quality public education from pre-K through university. She knows it can be done because it has been done before.
Cindy Sheehan has published seven books, been arrested for peace about 21 times, is currently a resident of Vacaville, CA and the mother of three surviving children and four grandchildren who are her love and her inspiration.
VOTE FOR CINDY SHEEHAN!
In 2013, more than 1,000 people were arrested in North Carolina taking part in a series of protests called “Moral Mondays.” For 13 weeks, demonstrators rallied in the state capital of Raleigh to fight moves by Republican lawmakers to attack voting rights, education, the environment, healthcare and women’s rights. Now organizers are planning their largest protest yet — the Moral March on Raleigh, scheduled for February 8. The protests in North Carolina are the focus of a recent special on Bill Moyers’ show “Moyers & Company.” The documentary, “State of Conflict: North Carolina,” reveals how untraceable political donations called “dark money” have pushed North Carolina far to the right politically and how citizen protesters are fighting back.