Essential Pittsburgh
9:47 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Weighing the Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes and Heroes Behind the Badge

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These topics air Thursday April 3, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

Heroes Behind the Badge
Saturday night Brian Drusky of Drusky Entertainment is presenting the Pittsburgh premiere of Heroes Behind the Badge, a documentary that tells the stories of two officers who paid the ultimate price, as well as the stories of three severely injured officers. One of those officers is patrolman James Kuzak who was shot five times after responding to a home invasion call in the city of Clairton. Kuzak and Drusky join us live in studio.

WESA Celebrates - Jim and Susan WagnerThis week WESA Celebrates profiles Jim and Susan Wagner. Their love for dogs and helping children with autism resulted in the creation of Perfect Fit Canines – a training program matching dogs with children in need.  

E-Cigarettes
Some view ecigarettes as a means to help them stop smoking. This is one reason for their increase in popularity. However, they’re not a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. They’ve also been blamed for a number of poisonings nationwide. Dr. Hilary Tindle, assistant professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, director, UPMC Presbyterian/Montefiore Tobacco Treatment Services and Dr. Michael Lynch, assistant professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, medical director, Pittsburgh Poison Center join us to address the impact ecigarettes are having.

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