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Why Teens Shouldn’t Sip Energy Drinks Before Sports Practice

Recently we talked about how energy drinks can make middle schoolers hyperactive and distracted. In case that’s not enough of an incentive to cut back on these caffeinated beverages, this new study might change their minds. According to an article published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, research shows that energy drinks could be a serious danger to adolescents’ cardiac health.

Nearly one in three teens (ages 12-19) consume energy drinks regularly. That’s a lot of teens—and a lot of caffeine.

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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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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.

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