The Washington PostEngland, Wales ban smoking in cars with children inside
Smokers who light up in vehicles with children inside will face fines in England and Wales as anti-smoking measures are expanded to protect young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke. The ban went into effect Thursday but police are not expected to issue a rash of fines as the public becomes accustomed to the regulation. Smoking advocates called the new law unenforceable, but health officials and anti-smoking groups hailed the measure as the most important since a general ban on smoking in workplaces and enclosed public spaces took effect in England in 2007.

ADA NEWS—70th anniversary of fluoridation
Marking an important public health anniversary, 90 people from 28 states and two countries came together at the ADA Headquarters on Sept. 11-12 to celebrate water fluoridation and the positive effect it has had on the public’s oral health.

Reuters—Human reproduction, health broadly damaged by toxic chemicals – report
Exposure to toxic chemicals in food, water and air is linked to millions of deaths, and costs billions of dollars every year, according to a report published Thursday by an  international organization of medical professionals. Among the poor health outcomes linked to pesticides, air pollutants, plastics and other chemicals, according to the report from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), an organization representing obstetrical and gynecological associations from 125 countries, are miscarriage and still births, an increase in cancer, attention problems and hyperactivity. “Exposure to toxic environmental chemicals during pregnancy and breastfeeding is ubiquitous and is a threat to healthy human reproduction,” the report states.

CNN—Driving while drugged now just as deadly as drunk driving
Driving while under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is on the rise in the United States, and could be involved in a large number of fatal accidents, a new report finds. The percentage of drivers who tested positive for marijuana or illegal drugs rose from 12.4 percent  in 2007 to 15.1 percent in 2013 and 2014, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, an advocacy group that promotes traffic safety. The data came from voluntary roadside surveys by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which collected blood and saliva samples from drivers. The new report also noted that 38 percent of the people who died in automobile accidents in 2013 and who were tested had detectable levels of potentially impairing drugs, both illegal and legal, in their system. That is nearly the same percentage as tested positive for alcohol.