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High Noon: Sugar Bad For Health, Too

If you watched “60 Minutes” Sunday night, then you know that sugar has joined the ranks of red meat, coffee, cigarettes and other foods that should be shunned like adulterers in an Amish village. New Food Police studies have found that sugary snacks and drinks share similar health risks with alcoholic beverages like Jim Beam and some of the stronger aftershave lotions. In discussing these findings, noted San Francisco busybodyologist Dr. Robert Lustig said he would like to see kids being carded when they try to buy Cokes. Once busted, a sugar delinquent would have to attend 12-Step “Sucrose Anonymous” meetings … SPEAKER – “My name is Harry, and it’s 10 days since my last Twix bar.” CROWD – “Hello, Harry!”/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: How much of a sweet tooth do you have?

Hot Dogs Hazardous To Health, Too?

Instead of grouping hot dogs with Mom and apple pie, a national medical group wants you to consider them as bad for your health as cigarettes. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet, unveiled a billboard Monday near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the advisory: “Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.” The billboard features a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack inscribed with skull and crossbones. It aims to increase awareness of a link between colorectal cancer and hot dogs/USAToday.com, KHQ. More here. (AP file photo, for illustrative purposes)

Question: Do you eat enough hot dogs to take this warning seriously?

IFF: Graphic Labels = More Control

Your mother wants you to know that smoking is bad for you, and she's doing everything she can to make sure you either don't take up the habit or, if you are smoking, that you quit right away. By “your mother,” of course I mean the government, which, increasingly comes in the form of the Obama administration and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. HHS announced that packs of cigarettes will now bear alternating images that include rotting teeth, human corpses and a man smoking through a hole in his neck. The government is requiring that its warning labels occupy the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs and 20 percent of print advertisements.  Cigarettes that don't bear the labels can't be sold in the U.S. after Oct. 22, 2012/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Does anyone pay attention to food/drink warning labels?

Dara: Tobacky Not Best Social Tool

How much do you love seeing a college woman hocking a huge green spitball of mucus on to the ground? Not very much, I hope. With that image in your head, it may be harder to take a dip in public the next time you have a hankering. There is a time and place for chewing tobacco, unfortunately. There shouldn’t be, but if you choose to take a dip while hanging with your friends, that’s OK as long as I don’t have to see it. But when someone thinks it is real slick to pop in a chew before class, and then bring a water bottle to spit it in — a clear one even — that’s too far. Way too far. No one wants to see you spit brown stinky residue into a clear water bottle. Just because you have something to spit it in does not make it appropriate, and because the water bottle is clear, we can all witness the action/Dara Barney, UI Argonaut. More here.

Question: Do you chew? Or go with girls that do?

AM Headlines — 4.14.10

“It’s job security in my eyes,” said Kendall Shedd of Seltice Way Stop’N Go in Stateline on Tuesday about raising cigarette tax in Washington. Cigarettes soon will cost about $8 a pack as Washington legislators add another $1 in taxes. John Stucke’s SR story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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