Jennifer Cofer, cancer prevention and control platform at the MD Anderson Cancer Center spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 24 to discuss the dangers of using vape products.
Cofer first talked about how there is a misinterpretation that vape products are a safe alternative to cigarettes. It has been found that tobacco and e-cigarettes are related to cancer. Cofer said one of the major problems with vape is that they are still new to the market and have not been regulated by the FDA like cigarettes, so there are still certain vape products that have more nicotine in them and other aspects that could lead to cancer than the regular cigarette would. Another danger of vaping is they are attractive to underage kids with appealing flavors, such as mango, and other fruity flavors.
Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO talked about the progress of the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. He said the PRO Act has been moving quickly through Congress and has been signed by Democrats as well as Republicans, making it a bi-bartisan bill. Samuel said that he is excited to see Republicans find the importance of protecting workers’ rights to organize and are helping push this bill. He also talked about work in Mexico and how unionizing will help increase their quality of work-life and offer them more protections and bargaining power.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Amazon workers being overworked with impossible daily quotas, limited time to use the bathroom and the increase of workers saying they are hurt on-the-job but will be punished if they take time off to nurse their injuries.