Coming up on Connections: Thursday, September 12

Sep 12, 2019

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First hour: Understanding the health risks of vaping

Second hour: Exploring the differences between the Canadian and U.S.election processes

Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes, has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after reports of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the products. Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza is urging county residents to stop using all vape products until the investigation into the cause of those illnesses concludes. Is the nationwide response proportionate to the health risks? It’s a question debated by doctors and people who use vape products. We sit down with local physicians to discuss the risks associated with vaping (and with cigarettes) and the latest into the investigations on pulmonary illness. We also hear from people who use e-cigarettes. In studio:

  • Dr. Mike Mendoza, M.D., Monroe County Public Health Commissioner
  • Dr. Nicholas Nacca, M.D., emergency medicine and toxicology specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Scott McIntosh, P.h.D., associate director of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Andrew Ribble, owner of Liquid Cloud Lounge and Greenhaus CBD

Then in our second hour, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a national election, which will happen in six weeks. Imagine that: a national election campaign that goes from start to finish in less than two months. In the United States, the campaign is essentially endless, with official campaign events running for two years. Which system is better? Which is more productive in allowing the population to choose a leader? Our guests weigh in:

  • Rob Shum, a Canadian who serves as a professor of public policy at the College at Brockport
  • Paul Hypolite, an American who serves as a political strategist
  • Anthony Plonczynski-Figueroa, an American who serves as a political consultant and founder of LaCumbre