Nearly 2,000 Potentially Harmful Chemicals Discovered in Vaping Aerosols; Cher Sues Ex Sonny Bono’s Widow for $1 Million Over Rights and Royalties; NBA is ‘Fascist’ for Allowing Magic Johnson to ‘Play with HIV’ While Kyrie Irving is Benched, says Marjorie Taylor Greene; Coldplay will Embark on Sustainable Tour, Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy; McDonald’s McPlant is Arriving in the United States
Nearly 2,000 Potentially Harmful Chemicals Discovered in Vaping Aerosols
When vaping first gained popularity, proponents quickly asserted that it was a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. According to Bloomberg’s Tiffany Kary, a new study reveals it may be a myth.
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), vaping aerosols contain thousands of unknown compounds and substances that manufacturers do not disclose, including industrial chemicals and caffeine. Chemical Research in Toxicology, a peer-reviewed publication published by the American Chemical Society, published their work.
“Existing research that compared e-cigarettes with normal cigarettes found that cigarette contaminants are much lower in e-cigarettes,” senior author Carsten Prasse, an assistant professor of environmental health and engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says in a statement.
“The problem is that e-cigarette aerosols contain other completely uncharacterized chemicals that might have health risks that we don’t yet know about,” Prasse adds. “More and more young people are using these e-cigarettes, and they need to know what they’re being exposed to.”
Nearly 2,000 unknown compounds were detected in electronic cigarette vaping liquid and aerosols, according to the study. Additionally, scientists found many known and potentially dangerous substances, according to New Atlas’s Richard Haridy.
Australian researchers discovered similar findings in a recent analysis of 65 vape liquids. According to New Atlas, each sample included at least one potentially dangerous substance, including benzaldehyde, an irritant to the respiratory system, and trans-cinnamaldehyde, an immunosuppressive agent.
Additionally, they identified tiny quantities of nicotine in six samples, despite the items’ claims to be nicotine-free.
“People just need to know that they’re inhaling a very complex mixture of chemicals when they vape,” Prasse says in the JHU statement. “And for a lot of these compounds, we have no idea what they actually are.”
The JHU study examined four popular tobacco vaporizer flavors and the aerosols used in four different e-cigarette devices, including a tank, a disposable unit, and two pods. The hundreds of unknown chemicals detected molecules associated with respiratory difficulties, a pesticide, industrial chemicals, and caffeine, a known addictive drug.
“That might be giving smokers an extra kick that is not disclosed,” lead author Mina Tehrani, a postdoctoral fellow at the JHU School of Public Health, says in the statement. “We wonder if they are adding it intentionally.”
Ana M. Rule, a co-author of the study and an expert on metals exposure from vape use at Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, is worried about the impact on young people who take up vaping in the mistaken belief that they are making a healthy alternative.
“There are millions of middle school and high school students vaping that would not otherwise think of smoking,” Rule says. “For them, there is no risk reduction, only increased risk.”
Cher Sues Ex Sonny Bono’s Widow for $1 Million Over Rights and Royalties of 1960s Hits
Cher filed a complaint against Mary, the widow of her now-deceased ex-husband, Sonny Bono, on Wednesday, seeking $1 million in damages. The case contends rights and income from the songs Cher and Sonny recorded as a pair, including “The Beat Goes On” and “I Got You Babe,” are being withheld from Cher.
In the case filed in Los Angeles, Cher argues that Mary has “undone” Cher’s ownership of the rights and revenues of the former couple, of which Cher is entitled to 50 percent as a part of her 1978 divorce deal with Sonny.
While the distribution of their rights and income proceeded smoothly after Sonny’s death in 1998 from a skiing accident, Mary reportedly attempted to exploit a “wholly inapplicable statutory termination provision of the Copyright Act of 1976” to terminate Cher’s rights totally, the complaint states. The case intends to reclaim the royalties that have been allegedly withheld and aims to stop any future attempts to end her stake.
It further alleges that in 2016, Wixen Music Publishing and Sonny’s heirs “issued a notice of termination to various music publishers or other companies to whom Sonny had granted a transfer or license of the renewal copyrights, or rights under them, in the musical compositions.” The notification mentioned effective dates ranging from 2018 to 2026. This was issued without Cher’s knowledge or participation, she alleges.
Last month, the Bono Collection Trust advised Cher’s agents that the notice of termination would end “the stream of composition royalties” that Sonny transferred to her in 1978, according to the complaint.
The statement declared that under the termination clause, she would also no longer have “approval rights with respect to all agreements with third parties respecting the musical compositions and composition royalties; no longer is entitled to direct payment of 50% of record royalties directly from record companies [and] no longer is entitled to object to administration fees in excess of ten percent.”
Cher and Sonny tied the knot in 1964 and performed under the name Sonny & Cher. The former couple also established their renowned CBS variety program together, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, in the 1970s.
They separated later that decade, and Cher went on to become a great actress, receiving an Oscar for 1987’s movie, Moonstruck, while Sonny became mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992, then a Republican congressman from 1995 till his death.
NBA is ‘Fascist’ for Allowing Magic Johnson to ‘Play with HIV’ While Kyrie Irving is Benched, says Marjorie Taylor Greene
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has come out in support of suspended Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who has consistently refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The fascist NBA won’t let Kyrie Irving play for refusing a vaccine. But yet they still let Magic Johnson play with HIV,” Greene wrote in a tweet on October 14.
Greene was referring to the NBA star Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement of his HIV diagnosis and subsequent abrupt retirement from the sport. Since he left Angeles Lakers in 1991, Johnson has been credited with being a vocal advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets said this week that they will not allow point guard Kyrie Irving to practice or play because he has not received the COVID-19 vaccine and will be unable to participate in indoor home games in New York due to the state’s vaccine mandate. Irving’s unwillingness to receive vaccinations has cast doubt on his $186 million contract extension and future with the franchise. Irving recently addressed his decision not to take the COVID-19 vaccine, stating that he is doing “what feels good for me.”
However, as Greene noted in her October 14 tweet, there are significant distinctions between the two disorders. HIV is transmitted mainly through bodily fluids and sexual contact and through the sharing of needles and syringes. COVID-19, on the other hand, is an airborne respiratory condition.
Greene is well-known for his aggressive remarks regarding the COVID-19 virus. In May, she compared the congressional mask rule imposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the Holocaust. She then defended her remarks, comparing vaccination proof to Jews being compelled to wear a yellow star during the Holocaust.
In July, Greene was previously suspended from Twitter for erroneously claiming that COVID-19 is not dangerous for people under the age of 65 or those who are not obese and that vaccinations should not be required.
Coldplay will Embark on the World’s First-Ever Sustainable Tour, Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy; Pledged to Plant a Tree for Every Ticket Sold
Coldplay is embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with their upcoming world tour. It will feature kinetic stadium floors that convert audience movement into energy to power the show.
The band excitedly announced their first tour in five years and pledged to run it entirely on green energy, including solar and recycled cooking oil.
In addition, they have vowed to plant a tree for every ticket sold – which is projected to be in the millions throughout 30 events. Fans attending the concerts will also contribute to the powering of the sets by riding kinetic bikes scattered throughout the venue, which they may use to replenish energy stores.
Chris Martin and his comrades Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion announced the historic tour Wednesday, along with the release of their ninth studio album, Music Of Spheres. “Playing live and finding connection with people is why we exist as a band,” Chris and the lads explained.
They will perform for three nights at Wembley Stadium. Among the crowd will be Chris’s girlfriend Dakota Johnson, whom he was seen partying with following her film The Lost Daughter’s London premiere on Wednesday.
“We’re super excited to play songs from across our whole time together. At the same time, we’re very conscious that the planet is facing a climate crisis. So we’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward,” the group announced.
“We won’t get everything right, but we’re committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn,” they added.
The sun’s energy, as well as that of dancing and biking fans, will be stored in the world’s first transportable, rechargeable show battery at each site. This was developed in collaboration with BMW and utilized the automaker’s recyclable i3 batteries.
The trip, which kicks up March 18 in Costa Rica, South America, will generate less than half the emissions generated by Coldplay’s most recent world tour in 2016. They will tour the world before landing at Wembley in mid-August, with their final UK gig taking place on August 23 at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
McDonald’s McPlant is Arriving in the United States, But Only in Eight Locations
Nearly a year after McDonald’s revealed plans for its long-awaited plant-based burger, the McPlant, the product is finally due to launch in the United States, but only at eight locations. And it will not happen for another three weeks.
Beginning November 3, the burger giant announced that eight locations would serve a limited-time test run of the burger, which was developed in collaboration with Beyond Meat but is exclusive to McDonald’s. Expect to see the McPlant in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Irving and Carrollton, Texas; El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, California; and Jennings and Lake Charles, Louisiana, all with the caveat that they will be available “while supplies last.”
“We’re always testing new items and flavors, and this particular test will help us understand how offering a burger with a plant-based patty impacts the kitchens in our restaurants,” the chain noted in an announcement.
The McPlant is topped with tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and a slice of American cheese on a sesame seed bun. “It has the iconic taste of a McDonald’s burger because it is one,” the chain claims.
The chain also points out that diners will need to request a vegan burger without cheese and mayonnaise, although the patties are grilled on the same grill as meat and eggs.
The test represents a significant step forward in the long and winding route toward a plant-based McDonald’s burger. The chain has not been reluctant to experiment with plant-based alternatives outside the United States. In 2017, the brand introduced Sweden’s first vegan burger. In 2019, Canada received the P.L.T.; a distinct plant-based burger made using Beyond Meat.
The McPlant, on the other hand, looks to be a completely distinct plant-based patty and has already been tested worldwide, having launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland last month. McDonald’s reports that the burger was also released this year in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Austria.
According to the chain, the patty is the same everywhere; however, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the McPlant is available only as a vegan burger with vegan cheese and vegan sauce.