Despite an overall decline in secondhand smoke exposure, a breakdown of recently reported data showed some populations were still being affected more than others by secondhand smoke.
The risks and benefits of treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with prescription medication is a frequently covered topic in the news. Parents who are considering ADHD medications for their kids, or who may already have kids taking these medications, are likely to have lingering questions about whether or not these medicines place their child at an increased risk for addiction.
Along with kid-friendly flavors, celebrity endorsements and TV ads, e-cigarette companies are marketing their products to teens in similar ways as Big Tobacco companies did in the past. Is the use of e-cigarettes really “taking back freedom” or essentially robbing the next generation’s freedom from nicotine addiction?
Recent research has shined a light on the potential adverse cognitive and health effects of disrupting the natural sleep cycle of teens, including an increased risk of obesity, depression, automobile accidents, and poor academic performance. Now, an emerging body of research is providing yet another reason to ensure that teens get enough sleep: the significant link between sleep patterns during middle and high school and the risk of substance use.
On October 1, 2014, CVS Health went tobacco free. This is a huge step forward when it comes to tobacco prevention. But it also brings to light the reality that the majority of tobacco sales take place at convenience stores, supermarkets, tobacco stores and beer, wine and liquor stores, not at drugstores. So while this change is monumental, we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to combating the tobacco epidemic at the point-of-sale.
Despite objections that 18 year olds should be treated like adults and allowed to smoke, local governments are trying to prevent the next generation of young adults from becoming victims of the tobacco industry. Last year Chicago banned the sale of all flavored tobacco products, which are marketed to attract young customers, within 500 feet of schools. In October of 2014, the city council just down the road in Evanston, Ill., joined a growing list of cities in banning tobacco sales to anyone under the age of 21.
This past Election Day, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. joined Colorado and Washington State in legalizing recreational marijuana use for people 21 and older. This seismic shift raises several important questions about what policies are most likely to prevent and treat addiction.
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