America has an obesity problem. Most anyone who trusts modern science will not dispute that point. But as with any societal issue, the question is not so much about what the problem is, but rather what to do about it. Like most other "crises", the easy solution most loudly called for is some sort of intervention from the government, and obesity is no different.
But while government is failing to get kids moving, the private market is quietly getting them off their feet again. Just this week, the new app called Pokemon Go launched for mobile devices, bringing the digital world that millennials grew up with to life. The game allows players to travel their neighborhoods and towns on foot to catch wild Pokemon and train them as their own. The game mixes the elements of the game with real life places, that one must travel to on-foot to play.
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration announced it will regulate more tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, cigars and pipe tobacco. The FDA says the use of e-cigarettes has "skyrocketed" among high school students from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2015, a more than a 900 percent increase. "Before today, there was no federal law prohibiting retailers from selling e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco or cigars to people under age 18," said the FDA adding it will begin evaluating factors such as ingredients, product design and health risks. Makers of the products can continue selling for up to two years while they submit a new tobacco product application. The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association released a statement criticizing the FDA change: "Today's final rule pulls the rug out from the nine million smokers who have switched to vaping, putting them in jeopardy of returning back to smoking, which kills 480,000 Americans each year and costs the U.S. more than $300 billion in annual health care expenses."