U.S. News and World Report – Park Service Pinches E-Cig Use
The National Park Service announced Monday that electronic cigarette use is now banned anywhere smoking is prohibited on its vast and far-flung landholdings, despite unsettled science on possible health effects from secondhand vapor inhalation and what’s likely a minimal fire risk.
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis publicly announced the new policy in a press release, describing it as a step to safeguard people’s health – fighting words for advocates of the devices, which vaporize liquid that’s generally laced with nicotine.

Kaiser Health News – Ouch! Vaccination Rates for Older Adults Falling Short
Three out of four Americans older than 60 don’t get a shingles vaccine to protect themselves from the virus’ miseries: rashes over the face and body, stinging pain that can last for weeks or months and the threat of blindness.
Sometimes people must feel a pound of pain – someone else’s – to take a shot of prevention. Dr. Robert Wergin tells of one elderly patient with shingles who came to his Milford, Neb., office this summer. “I’m sorry, doc, I should have listened to your advice to get the shot,” the man said. A few weeks later, the man’s wife and brother, both in their 60s, visited Wergin, asking for the vaccine.

The Washington Post – Researchers rate chain restaurants on antibiotic use: How does your favorite stack up?
For all the worry over the growing threat of superbugs resistant to drugs and the role of antibiotic use in animals, there’s surprisingly little information about what goes into our food when we eat out.
Walk down the meat aisle at any grocery store and you’ll see packages labeled with information about antibiotic use, but when it comes to restaurants it’s often impossible to differentiate between those that use meat treated with antibiotics and those that ban it.

The New York Times – F.D.A. Bans Sales of 4 Cigarette Products by R.J. Reynolds
The Food and Drug Administration halted the sale of four types of R. J. Reynolds cigarettes on Tuesday, saying the company failed to prove that they were not more harmful than products already on the market.
The agency ordered retailers who sell any of the cigarettes to stop immediately and to dispose of them within 30 days or face financial penalties or criminal prosecution.