The Hill  — Obama pushes to clear the smoke
President Barack Obama is moving to cement a significant legacy in the fight against smoking. Despite Obama’s own struggles with cigarettes, many public health advocates see him as a champion on the issue, and a series of proposals in the waning months of his presidency could bolster his record. Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development last week proposed a smoking ban at public housing facilities. The move would prohibit smokers from lighting up inside government-subsidized homes and would affect close to a million units where smoking is currently allowed.

NPR — Breast milk May help prevent blindness in preemies
If Stevie Wonder had been born three decades later, we might never have gotten “Superstition” and “Isn’t She Lovely” — but the musician might never have gone blind, either. Born premature, Wonder developed retinopathy of prematurity, an eye disease that afflicts more than half of babies born before 30 weeks of gestation. Though treatments were developed in the 1980s, about 400 to 600 U.S. children and 50,000 children worldwide still go blind every year from the condition. Now a study suggests that number could be slashed by more than half if all those preemies received breast milk.

NBCNews — American Medical Association promises push against pot use in pregnancy
Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms. That message would be written on medical and recreational marijuana products and posted wherever they’re sold if the nation’s most influential doctors group has its way. The American Medical Association agreed Monday to push for regulations requiring such warnings be written on medical and recreational pot products and posted wherever they’re sold. The decision was made based on studies suggesting marijuana use may be linked with low birth weight, premature birth and behavior problems in young children.

NBCNews — Food and Drug Administration’s new rules aim for clean fruit, veggies
The Food and Drug Administration released new rules Friday aimed at making sure that fresh produce and imported foods are free of dangerous germs and other contaminants. The new rules require importers and producers to make sure the food is clean, and provide for outside auditors to check into procedures at foreign food suppliers. Currently, the FDA waits until there are outbreaks and then responds to them — often far too late to save people from eating food that makes them sick. Now, the industry has a responsibility to stop outbreaks before they happen, said Dr. Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods.