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The Daily Buzz: June 13, 2014


Teen smoking has plummeted, reaching a record low; too little is being done about the missing victims of Mexico's drug war; and Texas Governor Rick Perry compares homosexuality and addiction in a way that demonstrates ignorance of both.

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Teen Smoking Hits Record Low
Just 16% of teens were smokers in 2013—a huge drop from 1997′s 36.4%—according to a new survey. This means teenagers are “choosing health” says CDC director Tom Frieden. Or could it just be that smoking is so over and now it’s all about vaping?

Where Are the Missing Victims of Mexico’s Drug War?
Many thousands of people—far more than officially reported—have disappeared during the ongoing violence between armed forces and the drug cartels. So why isn’t the government doing more to find them?

New York’s Governor Cuomo Adds 100 Officers to Heroin-Fighting Units
In order to tackle the state’s “growing problem” with heroin, the governor will double the number of officers working on narcotics units. He also pledged to equip emergency vehicles across the state with the lifesaving overdose antidote naloxone.

Eight Stubborn Alcohol Myths, Debunked by Science
Think mixing different types of booze can get you drunk faster? Or that a cup of coffee and a shower can sober you up quickly? Nope! This is just booze folklore. Also, if you have to urinate often it’s because you drank a lot, not because you “broke the seal” (not a thing).

Rick Perry Says Homosexuality Is a Lot Like Alcoholism
Speaking of ignorance: Texas Governor Rick Perry, a 2016 presidential “hopeful,” has been comparing addiction and homosexuality (not for the first time, either). “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way,” he said. One clear similarity between homosexuality and alcoholism is that Perry doesn’t seem to understand either.