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The Daily Buzz: November 14, 2014


E-cigarette use triples among high school students; the son of the Sinaloa cartel boss is arrested in Mexico; and "The Cake Boss" is arrested for drunk driving.

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E-Cigarette Use by High School Students Has Tripled
Old-fashioned tobacco smoking is growing less popular with high school students (and everyone else), but e-cigarette use is on the rise, according to new data from the CDC. In 2013, 4.5% of teens said they had used the electronic nicotine devices, up from 1.5% in 2011. Opponents of e-cigs say they encourage smoking, especially among youth, while advocates (and e-cig companies) argue they’re effective in reducing more harmful tobacco smoking.

Son of Sinaloa Cartel Boss Arrested in Mexico
Mexico’s army has captured the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, the leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, said a federal official. The son, Ismael Zambada Imperial, aka “El Mayito Gordo,” had reportedly taken on a prominent role in the cartel after his father became the top boss following the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman earlier this year.

Alcohol Is Only Heart-Healthy for Some, Says Study
Is moderate drinking as heart-healthy as a number of studies have claimed throughout the years? Maybe only for a genetically blessed few. According to a new study from University of Gothenburg in Sweden, alcohol only has protective cardiovascular benefits for people with a certain genetic makeup—about 15% of the population. The drinking-and-health debate rumbles on.

Campus Vending Machines to Start Dispensing Prescription Drugs
Arizona State University is about to set up a vending machine in its Health Services Building to dispense prescription drugs 24/7. The machine, operated by a voucher and pass code, will mostly offer medications that are needed urgently, like antibiotics and pain meds.

Cake Boss Star Buddy Valastro Arrested On DUI Charges
Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro, Jr., chef and reality star from TLC’s Cake Boss, was busted this week for driving in Manhattan with a BAC of 0.108 (above the 0.08 legal limit). According to the District Attorney, he told officers, “You can’t arrest me! I’m the cake boss!” They arrested him.