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Story highlights E-cigarette use is epidemic among teens, says FDA FDA cracking down on sale of e-cigs to minors (CNN)E-cigarettes are increasingly being used as a nicotine alternative as smokers seek ways to kick their habit. They work by heating a pure liquid called e-juice -- composed of flavorings, propylene glycol, glycerin and often nicotine -- until it vaporizes. The resulting vapor is much less offensive to both smokers and non-smokers. But their use has become controversial due to a lack of evidence on their efficacy as anti-smoking aids, warnings about possible long-term health effects and numerous studies showing that teen use is a direct gateway to traditional cigarette smoking. FDA takes 'historic action' on youth e-cigarette 'epidemic' The latest salvo: Concerned with an "epidemic" surge in e-cigarette use by adolescents, the Food and Drug Administration took regulatory action against more than 1,300 US retailers and five major manufacturers for their … [Read more...] about 5 cancer-causing toxins found in e-cigarette vapor
The Casey Youth Coalition won the health foundation's firstHealthy Policy Champion Award for its smoke-free efforts. A group of 19 Casey County High School students are the first recipients of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion award for their work to change the smoking culture at their school. "The Casey Youth Coalition has been working for two years to boost adherence to the district's 2015 tobacco-free campus policy, and this award recognizes their unrelenting efforts to change social norms about tobacco use," Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the foundation, said in a news release. The students' campaign has contributed to a 10 percent decrease in 30-day tobacco use among its 10th graders in 2016, the release said. "All of us are extremely proud of all we have accomplished because the school's environment has changed," Delaney Sowders, vice president of the coalition, said in the release. "There's no tobacco smell when you enter our … [Read more...] about Casey County High School students win award for their smoke-free efforts; 17 percent of Kentucky’s youth are smokers
Author: Dr. Martha Whyte, Region 7 Medical Director Another summer has come and gone, and with that school is back in session. Now, it's vital for kids to get in a routine of getting to bed early enough to get proper rest. Adequate sleep contributes to a student’s health and well-being. Getting the proper amount of sleep at night is important. It helps students stay focused, improves concentration and improves academic performance. Children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk for many health problems. These problems include obesity, diabetes, poor mental health and other injuries. Lack of a good night’s sleep also leads to poor academic performance because of lower attention spans and more behavior problems. The amount of sleep someone needs depends on their age. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends the following: Children ages 6 – 12 years old should get between 9 and 12 hours of sleep every 24 hours. Adolescents … [Read more...] about Students Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep on School Nights. Here’s How to Change That
By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Most Kentucky adults, by far, want schools to be tobacco-free -- and bills to do just that have been introduced in the Senate and the House. The latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll, taken Oct. 24 to Dec. 2, found that 87 percent of Kentucky adults favor tobacco-free campuses. Support was strong across party lines, with 89 percent of Democrats, 87 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of independents. The poll also found strong support among those with and without children in their homes: 90 percent and 85 percent, respectively. The poll has shown consistent support for tobacco-free school policies since 2013, but only 39 percent of the state's school districts (with 55 percent of the state's total students) are covered by comprehensive tobacco-free school policies, according to the state Department for Public Health's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. Smoke-free school policies are decided by local school boards, but that would … [Read more...] about With nearly nine in 10 Kentucky adults wanting schools to be tobacco-free, will this be the year for a statewide law?