One-Fourth of U.S. Teens Report Exposure to Secondhand E-Cigarette Vapors

Published 03-25-2017

One in four American teens say they have been exposed to secondhand e-cigarette vapors, according to a new government study. Secondhand smoke from e-cigarette vapors can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, the researchers report in JAMA Pediatrics. The 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey found students exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke were much more likely to be exposed to secondhand e-cigarette vapors, HealthDay reports. “To protect youth from both secondhand smoke and secondhand aerosol, smoke-free policies can be modernized to include e-cigarettes,” said lead researcher Teresa Wang of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “These policies can maintain current standards for clean...

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Prescription for the Nation

Published 02-28-2017

Most healthcare professionals promote the well-being of one individual at a time. Those who work in public health, however, promote the well-being of groups of individuals. The U.S. Public Health Service and the rest of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promote the well-being of overlapping groups that taken altogether represent the entire population of the United States. Individuals do not always collaborate with healthcare providers. For example, only about 50 percent of patients with chronic diseases take their medications as prescribed. It remains to be seen whether the population of the United States will collaborate with HHS’s...

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SPOTLIGHT: Rockaway, NJ Affiliate’s Children’s Programs

Published 02-28-2017

Prevention is Key, the Rockaway, NJ Affiliate, offers three prevention programs aimed at children. Forest Friends is a developmental puppet program designed to help children learn basic life skills and character enhancement that they will use their entire life. Each session includes a story portrayed by animal puppets, a discussion and an activity to reinforce the lesson conveyed by the story. There are six 15-20 minute stories; two are presented at each session over a three week period. The stories build off one another so that each presentation teaches a lesson while reinforcing previous lessons. All eyes are locked on the lovable...

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LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc. - Affiliate of the Month - March 2017

Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism/Addictions Foundation LEAF is a private, nonprofit, volunteer health organization founded in 1982. Our goal is to reduce the serious personal, social and economic consequences of alcoholism, other drug addictions and associated problems. At LEAF, we identify community needs, advocate for policies that address local problems, and provide a range of quality programs that work right here in Otsego County. LEAF’s mission is: To prevent addictions and associated problems. To educate the community about the risks of excessive alcohol and other drug use and about alcoholism and other addictions as treatable family diseases. To encourage proper diagnosis, treatment and appropriate care for...

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