The Dangers Of E-Cigarette Use

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(PCM) Many people feel that the use of e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking actual tobacco cigarettes and “vaping” has soared in popularity in recent months. However, are e-cigarettes still considered a health risk?

The answer is yes. New research released by the New England Journal of Medicine claims that the vapor produced by e-cigarettes when turned up to their highest voltage levels, contain a very high concentration of formaldehyde, which is labeled a carcinogen.

While experts do claim that the health risks involved with smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes are much higher, they also feel that there are certain dangers to “vaping” on e-cigarettes that should not be ignored.

Many smokers begin using e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool, however some of the new research points to the fact that they formaldehyde levels found in the e-cigarette vapor were significantly higher than what is present in tobacco cigarettes.

Long-term exposure to this chemical substance can lead to lung cancer.  It is worth noting again that the levels of formaldehyde were only discovered when the e-cigarettes were turned up to their highest voltage, but that also seems to be the level that most users tend set their e-cigarettes on to get the maximum effect.

Either way, quitting smoking completely is truly a person’s best option to lead a full and healthy lifestyle.

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What McDonald’s French Fries Are Really Made Of

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(PCM) There has been much speculation over the years at to exactly what McDonald’s french fries actually consist of, many were even curious if they were even made with potatoes at all.

Now McDonald’s has finally revealed just what goes into their french fry creation process and just how they come to get that lovely, yet unnatural golden color.

The list of ingredients that is featured in the video is definitely a little unnerving, however McDonald’s stands by their claim that everything is perfectly safe for consumption.  I am not too sure what Dimethylpolysiloxane or TBHQ actually is, but apparently they are chemicals the fries are dipped in so that they maintain their color and do not gray in the freezing process.

At least the video that shows the McDonald’s french fry creation process does happen to end with the guy actually digging up a potato, finally putting the rumor to rest that there are not actual potatoes in McDonald’s fries.

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Oreo Set To Release The Red Velvet Oreo Cookie

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(PCM) I think my Valentine’s Day gift got here a bit early with the news that Oreo will be introducing their new limited edition Red Velvet Oreo Cookie this February.

The release of the Red Velvet Oreo cookie will mark the first time that a completely new cookie flavor and color has been introduced since the Golden Oreo back in 2004.  Oreo claims that the new cookie will still have the classic Oreo chocolate cookie taste, but feature a cream cheese flavored filling.

Red Velvet is a flavor that only continues to grow in popularity as the years go by and a survey shows that it being offered and mentioned on restaurant and bakery menus has grown by over 500 percent over the past 10 years.

In addition to traditional Oreo cookies there have been several different limited edition flavors over the years such as Fruit Punch, Green Tea, Lemon Ice, Strawberry Milkshake, Peanut Butter, Berry Burst, Candy Corn (which we were unfortunately never able to find), Cookie Dough, Mint, and of course Pumpkin Spice.

The new Red Velvet Oreo’s will be available nationwide on February 2nd and a few lucky fans that visit OREORedVelvetRope.com can win a chance to sample the new cookie flavor.

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Women’s College Cancels The Vagina Monologues

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(PCM) This is news that certainly had us scratching our heads, as it appears that the all-women’s college Mount Holyoke has cancelled its’ annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” because it just so happens to exclude women without vagina’s.

“The Vagina Monologues” was written by Eve Ensler back in 1996 as a way for women to “celebrate the vagina and their own sexuality”, however the college’s theater board claims that the show does not include enough “varied experience” and is features a “narrow perspective” about what it means to be a woman.

The theater board sent out a school wide email message explaining the reason for the show’s cancellation listing the reasons mentioned above. An excerpt of the email states “at its core, the show offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman … Gender is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions, and many of us who have participated in the show have grown increasingly uncomfortable presenting material that is inherently reductionist and exclusive.”

It is the opinion of several students that the show is actually transphobic as it presents the argument that not all women have a vagina and some men also happen to have a vagina. There is a percentage of transsexual individuals who live and identify as a gender that does not match the anatomy that they were born, but have yet to receive any type of reconstructive surgery. However does this mean that women that were born with a vagina are now no longer allowed to talk openly about them for fear of offending those without?It seemingly appears that way.

The college now plans to create their own play which will be transinclusive and rectify some of the issues that are part of Eve Ensler’s original show. The performance of “The Vagina Monologues” was usually partnered with Mount Holyoke’s VDAY campaign which was used to raise awareness and help put a stop to violence against women and girls.

According to CampusReform.com, the new production will be made-up of student monologues and will be performed in much the same fashion as the original “Vagina Monologues”. CampusReform.com also reports that the program will be performed alongside the College’s Peer Health Educators, an on-campus student-led group that provides education and workshops for students, including a workshop on how to use sex toys properly.

Mount Holyoke College only recently began admitting transgender women last year, however they claim that this has nothing to do with the show cancellation.

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Child Billed For Not Attending A Friends Birthday Party

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(PCM) Can you imagine if you were to receive a billing invoice for each and every time that you unfortunately had to bail on a friends party or get together?  Sounds pretty bizarre, right?

Well, it seems that one mother in Cromwell, England has taken no-show’s to her child’s birthday party, which was held at the Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre, quite seriously and has gone as far as to send a billing invoice home from school with a child who failed to attend.

When 5-year old Alex Nash was invited to his friends birthday party, his father Derek responded to the invitation sending an RSVP that said Alex would be able to attend the event.

Unfortunately, it was later discovered that Alex was already scheduled to spend the day with his grandparents on the day of the party and Alex ended up choosing to spend the day with them rather than attend the party.

Derek claims that he made an attempt to locate a contact number for Julie Lawrence, the parent hosting the party, to let her know that Alex would no longer be able to attend, but claims he was not able to find any way to contact her.

Derek claims that he and his partner also looked for Lawrence at the children’s school to again apologize for Alex’s no-show, but were unable to locate her. They later discovered a brown envelope in Alex’s school bag that contained a billing invoice in the amount of £15.95 for a “no-show” party fee.

Lawrence had passed the envelope with the invoice off to Alex’s teacher, who bypassed school protocol and sent the note home in Alex’s school bag.  Derek decided to visit the address listed on the invoice to let Lawrence know that he was unhappy with the invoice  and would not be paying her anytime of “fee”.

Now it seems that the incident is escalating even further as Lawrence is prepared to take the Nash family to small claims court. She says that she was stuck with out of pocket costs for the “no-show” and that her contact information was clearly stated on the initial invitation.

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