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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.


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.


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.


Even the Occasional Cigarette Affects a Teen’s Health

When it comes to teens and cigarettes, there’s good news and bad news. The upside: The amount of teens smoking cigarettes has hit an all-time low. But the downside? Some teens who smoke cigarettes occasionally don’t realize the damage it does to their bodies. According to a new study, teens mistakenly believe that occasional cigarettes are harmless. But Medical Daily reports that the opposite is true—and there’s proof to back it up!


Cigarette and Alcohol Use Among Teens Hits an All-Time Low

Every year, the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey looks at substance use among middle and high schoolers across America. This year, while illicit drug use continues to show a national decline, cigarette and alcohol use are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975.

This annual study polls between 40,000 and 50,000 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grade from over 400 schools across the country. The results are then compiled and used to track substance abuse trends in teens.


E-Cigarettes May Promote & Lead To Other Drug Use, Study Finds

Despite the claims that they help curb tobacco smoking, e-cigarettes may actually be a gateway drug. According to new research, smoking e-cigarettes has the same physiological effect on the brain as regular cigarettes and can increase the risk of addiction to other drugs.

This study comes from the Department of Psychiatry and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University Medical Center.


Study Finds Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Smoke Cigarettes

In a study recently published in the American Journal of Health Behavior, researchers sought to answer the question of whether BMI had any correlation with teenage substance abuse. The results found that though teens with a high BMI were no more likely than their peers to abuse alcohol or marijuana, being overweight or obese during adolescence was correlated with regular cigarette smoking in young adulthood. Data for this study was pulled from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a large study which has followed thousands of young teens (grades […]


Why July Is The Riskiest Month For Teens

Without having to worry about schoolwork, summer is considered a time to relax! But maybe teens are being a little too carefree this month, at least when it comes to risky behavior. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), July is when more young people start using drugs or alcohol compared to any other month. The stats are definitely surprising!

On average, in the month of July, someone under 18 starts drinking alcohol every 8 seconds, or smoking cigarettes every 17 seconds.


More Teens Are Smoking Hookah — And Mistakenly Believe It’s Safer

Hookahs have been around for a long time — just look at the caterpillar in Alice In Wonderland. But even though these waterpipes are featured in children’s cartoons, that doesn’t mean they’re safe. In fact, many teens underestimate the health repercussions of smoking hookah, according to USA Today.

A study found that more teens are smoking hookah than before. Nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors admit to smoking out of a hookah in the past year.


More Teens Are Smoking Menthol Cigarettes

Minty fresh is a good thing when it comes to toothpaste, but not cigarettes. Mistakenly believing that they’re less harmful, teens are more likely to smoke menthol cigarettes than regular cigarettes, according to a new study.

Menthol is a substance found in mint plants that provides a cooling sensation. Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that menthol cigarettes are linked with an elevated nicotine addiction among Canada’s youth. Users smoked twice as many menthol cigarettes per week, compared to regular cigarettes.