This week, New Mexico in Focus looks at the health problems associated with e-cigarettes. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned against vaping, especially by children, teens and other vulnerable parts of the population.

Senior producer Matt Grubs interviews public health consultant Shelley Mann-Lev and Dr. Shawn Sidhu, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who runs the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center fellowship program in child psychiatry. Grubs continues the conversation on vaping as he sits down with David Tompkins, manager for community health initiatives with the New Mexico Department of Health.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the abundance of lawsuits filed by Carlsbad Medical Center against its patients – an aggressive practice highlighted by The New York Times. The Line panelists also debate new medical cannabis guidelines and rulings affecting public schools and out-of-state patients. The Line also marks the passing of former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels, as the panelists reflect on his legacy.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Friday at 7 p.m. and repeats Sunday at 7 a.m. on Chanel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Studio Guests
Shelley Mann-Lev, public health consultant
Dr. Shawn Sidhu, UNM child and adolescent psychiatrist
David Tompkins, New Mexico Department of Health.

Line Panelists
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter      
Dede Feldman, former state senator
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

Matt Grubs, NMiF Senior Producer

Gene Grant   

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education and art issues, and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the “news of the moment.”

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and viewers like you.

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