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Powerful Images Could Prevent Teens From Smoking

It’s no secret that smoking isn’t a healthy habit, but sometimes teens decide to take the risk. So, what will help to keep them from lighting that cigarette? A new study found that the answer may lie in cigarette packaging.

Researchers surveyed two groups of people — half were smokers and the other half did not smoke. Each participant was shown various health warning labels on cigarettes packaging that state negative consequences associated with smoking. These consequences included lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, and eye conditions. Some packages had a combination of text and image warnings, while others only had text warnings.

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This Popular Trick To Keep Teens from Drinking May Backfire

Have you ever let your kid try a sip of your wine or beer? It’s seemingly harmless, right? A new study shows that kids who sample their parent’s alcohol may be more likely to binge drink when they’re older.

Researchers surveyed 561 students periodically over three years. Students who sipped their parent’s alcoholic drinks by sixth grade were five times more likely to drink a full alcoholic beverage by the time they were in their first semester of high school than their peers. They were four times more likely to get drunk or binge drink.

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Do School Drug Policies Increase Teens’ Marijuana Use?

Have you ever wondered if out-of-school suspension actually prevents students from continuing misbehavior? Kids essentially get a day off for violating policies such as illicit drug use on school grounds. It turns out this type of punishment is not the best way to get students to learn their lesson—at least when it comes to drug use. A new study reveals that out-of-school suspension drug policies actually increase the likelihood of students using marijuana in the future.

Researchers from the American Public Health Association set out to investigate how student marijuana use is impacted by the type of drug policy their school implements.

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How Does Marijuana Affect The Teen Brain Long-Term?

From a shorter attention span to lower grades, smoking marijuana can affect the teenage brain in a variety of ways. While those are more immediate side effects, a new study reveals long-term damage of this drug. According to research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, heavy marijuana use as a teen can potentially lead to long-term memory loss.

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Warning: This New Form of Alcohol Will Be Attractive to Teens

Did you know that alcohol comes in a powdered form called Palcohol? If you didn’t, that’s probably because it was unavailable for purchase in the United States. Last week, however, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved this substance for sale.

This powered alcohol can be mixed easily by just adding it to water. The same laws apply to this powdered form as liquid alcohol, so it will be illegal for anyone under 21-years-old to purchase it.

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Laws Aren’t Preventing Teens From Buying E-Cigarettes Online

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are gaining extreme popularity among teens. If your teenager is under the legal age to buy e-cigarettes in your state, you may think that it’d be difficult for him or her to purchase these products—but that’s not necessarily true. A surprising new study shows that teens can actually easily buy e-cigarettes very quickly at one place: online.

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Which Teens Are Most At Risk For Synthetic Marijuana Use?

Have you heard of synthetic marijuana? Sometimes referred to as Spice, K2, or Scooby Doo, this substance is an herbal mixture that produces a similar effect to marijuana. Since the drug is considered a safer, legal alternative to weed, it’s become popular among teens. According to a 2011 survey, more than 1 in 10 high school seniors used this drug. Because of its popularity, researchers at New York University decided to take a look at risk factors for synthetic cannabis use among teens.

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Think Hookah Is Safer than Cigarettes? Think Again!

There are tons of misconceptions surrounding smoking, but ideas about hookah may top the list. A common myth surrounding the water pipe used to smoke tobacco is that it’s safer than smoking cigarettes. The thought process behind this myth is that the hookah’s water-filled pipe filters out toxic chemicals that are present when smoking cigarettes. A new study shows that just isn’t true.

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