Katherine Mangu-Ward Talks E-Cigarettes, Cancer, and Pina Coladas on HuffPostLive

Managing Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward talked e-cigarettes today on HuffPostLive. Tune in for a vast array of surprisingly scientifically literate guests, stay for host Josh Zepps, who was such a fan of the technology that I suspect him of smoking vaping a Pina Colada–flavored e-cigarette between segments. (Which I would totally endorse.)

A California County has voted to regulate electronic cigarettes like regular cigarettes. Without medical proof they're bad for your health, does this move go too far?

Originally aired on March 27, 2013

Hosted by: 


  • Cynthia Hallett @Cynhallett (Berkeley , CA) Executive Director of Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights
  • Dan Henry (Tampa, FL) Blogger at puffweb.com
  • Dr. David Abrams @LegacyForHealth (Washington, DC) Executive Director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Legacy
  • Gregory Conley @GregCASAA (Medford, NJ) Legislative Director for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA)
  • Katherine Mangu-Ward @kmanguward (Washington, DC) Managing Editor at Reason Magazine & Reason.com
  • Dr. Michael Siegel (Boston, MA) Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University

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  • Tman||


    How can anyone listen to Aerosmith again without seeing those fugly little bananas sticking out of his chest?



    Someone go get Riggs to write a diatribe against cheerios or something. That should take up a a few inches.

  • SugarFree||

    Just because you can see them doesn't mean you have to fantasize about nuzzling all up in them. That's on you, kid.

  • Bobarian||

    Aerosmith hasn't made good music since the last time the Rolling Stones made good music. So maybe this is a good thing

    Mick Jagger looks marginally better with his shirt off, though.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Your can almost hear the coke (in a good way) on the title track of Toys in the Attic. However, once they got to Rock in a Hard Place and hanging out with Jimmy Crespo, it was obviously affecting their judgment.

    Also, apropos of nothing, Tom Hamilton was an under-rated bassist.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Do you have a link to these ratings?

  • BakedPenguin||

    Sure, here. They have Kim Deal on this list, and expect people to take it seriously.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    I'm an under-rated bassist.

  • BakedPenguin||

    You're an Archduke fer Chrissakes. Quit complaining.

  • Bobarian||

    Update to "What Girls Want":

    I want love, I want drugs, I want sex and affection

    I want everyone in this rest-home here to look in my direction

    I want a man with moobs just like steve tyler
    Rod Stewart's wig and Keith Richards' wheelchair

  • Ted S.||


    One of the reasons why I browse H&R with only cached images set to load.

  • califernian||

    A California County has voted to regulate electronic cigarettes like regular cigarettes. Without medical proof they're bad for your health, does this move go too far?

    Even WITH medical proof they are bad for your health, it goes too far. MMMMM kay?

  • ||

    Beat me to it.

  • LarryA||

    California has been way on the other side of "too far" since about 1960.

  • T||

    Do you like pina coladas?

  • BlogimiDei||

    no "alt-164" racist reason too....

    I will drink...

  • BuSab Agent||

    or taking walks in the rain.

  • ||

    When they make e-cigs as light (as in weight) as a real cig, they will really have something amazing. I use an e-cig occassionally and it's absolutely spot-on with the smoking experience except for the weight.

    Anyway, the reason they want to regulate them like cigs is that they make shittons of cash on cigs. Can't have people actually quitting the things using a substitute! The cash would dry up! Only answer? Tax and regulate just like norml cigs.

  • ||

    I've found my vaper to be a neat little device, but frankly, I still like smoking the real cigs. I only smoke a few per night, so it's no big deal, but all the vaper did was cause me to take a few more hits of nicotine in between real cigs.

  • ||

    I'm completely off the cigs (for 2.5 years now with a little off-the-wagon behavior recently) thanks to the vape and Chantix. My Ma has bladder cancer, which is strongly associated with smoking (though she quit about 40 years ago, before I was born). I ain't gonna risk it.

  • ||

    Well, that's understandable. I had been curious to see if it weaned me off the real thing, even though I didn't feel any compelling need to do so. But if I did feel a compelling need, I think it would probably work.

  • BakedPenguin||

    I tried e-cigs a while ago (I'd quit smoking over 20 years ago). They have an additional virtue - they are a LOT easier to quit than regular smokes. If a smoker can transition totally to e-cigs, I would think they have a much better chance to quit if they wanted to.

  • Ted S.||

    Anyway, the reason they want to regulate them like cigs

    is because they're addicted to trying to control other people. Trying to control other people is far more addictive than nicotine.

  • sarcasmic||

    Seems like there are two kinds of people in this world.

    There are ones who believe people should be free to do anything that is not prohibited, and those who believe people should be free to do only that which is allowed.

    Common ground results in restrictions.

    It's like Ayn Rand said, in any compromise with evil, only evil profits.

  • ||

    It's like Ayn Rand said, in any compromise with evil, only evil profits.

    I'm guessing that's a severe paraphrasing since it's not 200 pages long.

  • sarcasmic||

    “The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world. Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not, is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.

    There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromise is the transmitting rubber tube.”

  • ||

    She's actually quite focused and succinct in her essays. It's just her novels that have the lengthy passages.

  • Ted S.||

    Katherine Mangu-Ward Talks [...] Piña Coladas

    Does she like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape?

  • Ska||

    Or maybe fucking like an animal in a cheap motel?

  • Knutsack||

    "...Executive Director of Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights"


  • StackOfCoins||

    I normally don't care about clothes, but I find it so annoying when someone wears a blazer or suit jacket over a shitty tee-shirt. It looks ridiculously bad.


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