Limiting the Use of Flavored E-Cigarettes

The FDA is preparing to limit the ability of stores to sell flavored e-cigarettes.  According to this article from NBC News, over 19% of our adult population uses some form of tobacco and that the use in teens has skyrocketed.  Personally, as a student at Michigan, I see things like the Juul everywhere.

Marijuana sales tax

In late 2018, the state of Michigan passed a bill to legalize and regulate marijuana. People who were in favor of the bill passing cited one of their reasons for the legalization as bringing in tax revenues. This fiscal year, Michigan is expected to bring in $18.2 million dollars in sales tax revenue. A nonpartisan agency even predicts that the program could collect as much as $50 million in sales tax once the market is considered to be more established.

Limiting the Use of Flavored E-Cigarettes

The FDA is preparing to limit the ability of stores to sell flavored e-cigarettes.  According to this article from NBC News, over 19% of our adult population uses some form of tobacco and that the use in teens has skyrocketed.  Personally, as a student at Michigan, I see things like the Juul everywhere.

Marijuana sales tax

In late 2018, the state of Michigan passed a bill to legalize and regulate marijuana. People who were in favor of the bill passing cited one of their reasons for the legalization as bringing in tax revenues. This fiscal year, Michigan is expected to bring in $18.2 million dollars in sales tax revenue. A nonpartisan agency even predicts that the program could collect as much as $50 million in sales tax once the market is considered to be more established.

Processed Foods and Life Expectancy

This interesting NYT article explains that there may be an association between processed food and life expectancy. The study conducted by JAMA Internal Medicine, “tracked diet and health over eight years in more than 44,000 French men and women”. Throughout the study, 29% of their food intake was ultraprocessed (including things such as instant noodles, breakfast cereals, energy bars, chicken nuggets, packaged snacks). 

Nutrition and Cognitive Development

Schools throughout the nation serve lunches like corndogs, chicken nuggets, and pizza with the option to have fruits and vegetables along the side. However, how does this end up affecting students that rely only on school meals? Furthering this what are the long term effects on the students academically and how can policy prevent these from occuring?

After reading this study it was found that "malnutrition can impair cognitive development", and if that is the case are students who go to less affluent schools that cannot supply a well balanced meal at a disadvantage?

CAPS Town Hall - Suggestions Needed

I am in the midst of planning a Town Hall with a CAPS representative to discuss mental health at large. However, CAPS has asked that I request your feedback regarding what you would specifically like to learn about.

Topics may include (also open to other suggestions): 

Euthanasia: Should it be legal or illegal

Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient who suffers from an incurable disease or is in an immense amount of pain.  This topic is very controversial amongst people of all states and people tend to have very strong opinions regarding euthanasia.  While I understand both sides to this argument, I believe that euthanasia should be legal in all states.  After all, it is the patient suffering and they should have the choice over their life.

Michigans Department of...

Michigans Department of Health and Human services is planning to get in touch with 116,000 children's families who are covered under the Children's Health Insurance Program in order to inform them that this coverage may soon be ending. This is happening because congress was not able to reauthorize the program before the due date. This now means that many states, including Michigan, will no longer receive the funds they need to keep CHIP running, causing many Children to lose their source of health support.
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