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Teen vaping is more than just a puff of smoke

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Many teens are choosing to vape instead of smoking cigarettes. Vaping involves the use of small electronic devices that have a refillable atomizer that contains nicotine and flavors. The liquid in the atomizer turns into a mist that carries the nicotine into teens’ lungs when inhaled and creates the big cloud of “smoke” when exhaled. Teens generally refer to these devices as vapes, vape pens, e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, and tank systems.

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The connection between teen health and social media

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Teens are spending between 7-11 hours per day with different types of media and most adolescents are accessing media content on their personal mobile phones. This creates an extraordinary level of unsupervised access to the Internet that never existed before. Parents need to know what this means for their children.

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Are nutritional supplements safe for kids?

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Sales of nutritional supplements continue to rise and many families include nutritional supplements in their dietary routines. However, there is a lack of research regarding the recommended dosages, the recommended needs, and toxicity levels of nutritional supplementation for children. Therefore, are nutritional supplements safe for kids?

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Social Media – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Parent’s Guide Part II

Social Media – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Parent’s Guide Part II

This Parent’s Guide covers the benefits and risks of social media for children and teens. Part III will review specific information and helpful hints related to the apps covered in Part I.

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