Saturday, January 28, 2023


A critical number of rural IA nursing homes close; TX lawmakers consider measures to restrict, and expand voting in 2023 Session; and CT groups, and unions call for public-health reforms.


Attorney General announces enforcement actions on ransomware, Democrats discuss border policies, and the FDA is relaxing rules for gay and bisexual men to donate blood.


"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Experts: Teens Want to Talk About Risks of Vaping


Thursday, November 17, 2022   

Today marks the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, an effort meant to encourage those who smoke or vape to quit, especially younger people who are at great risk of developing a lifelong deadly habit.

The majority of adult tobacco users say they picked up the habit as a kid, but increasingly cigarettes are being replaced with e-cigarettes or vapes. The most recent National Youth Tobacco Survey showed vaping is by far the most popular option for school-age children.

Kim Coronis, policy and program manager for Breathe New Hampshire, said while the numbers of kids vaping may in fact be declining, those who do vape are doing it more often.

"So the nicotine addiction is setting in sooner and is hitting them more dramatically," Coronis observed. "And unfortunately more impactfully, because the nicotine levels in these products have gone up over time."

More than 14% of high school students and 3% of middle-school students report they have vaped at least once over the past 30 days, but most youths who responded to the national survey reported they would like to quit.

For teens who may have picked up the vaping habit to cope with depression or anxiety, quitting is made even more difficult by the way nicotine impacts the developing teenage brain. Coronis pointed out nicotine withdrawal can exacerbate the anxiety which may have led teens to start vaping in the first place.

"The kids are getting into a vicious cycle," Coronis noted. "Or people of any age, because you have that temporary chemical feeling that your brain releases the adrenaline and the dopamine, and you feel good, but then it wears off."

Coronis added teens are open to talking about the risks of vaping to their health without the use of scare tactics.

She stressed many are surprised such dangerous products are marketed to them in the first place, but it may be changing. E-cigarette maker Juul Labs recently agreed to pay nearly $440 million to settle an investigation by 33 states into the marketing of its high-nicotine products.

get more stories like this via email
New data show in California, 2021-22 state testing scores are even lower than the state's historically low testing scores. (Rawpixel/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Many of California's 13.5 million children and teens have not bounced back after the pandemic, especially children of color, according to the just-…

Social Issues

Americans continue to report low trust in mainstream media, with many younger than 30 saying they trust information from social media nearly as much …

Social Issues

A Minnesota House committee heard testimony Thursday about the governor's proposed spending plan for education. As these talks unfold, public polling …

In a national survey, Michigan was ranked 27th among the 50 states for its cost, access and quality of long-term care supports and services. California was ranked first. (Flickr)

Social Issues

In her fifth State of the State address this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer emphasized policies designed to put more money in Michiganders' pockets…

Social Issues

By nearly every measure, voter fraud in U.S. elections is rare, but that isn't stopping the Texas Legislature from considering dozens of bills this …

In 2020, 83% of Arkansans reported being registered to vote. That's lower than the national average of just over 87%, according to the MIT Elections Performance Index. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

A Republican-sponsored bill in the Arkansas Legislature would make it illegal to circulate petitions at or near polling places during elections…


New Mexico residents have two weeks to submit written comments to the Environmental Protection Agency about its proposal to implement stronger standar…

Social Issues

As National News Literacy Week comes to an end, one Nevada journalism professor says media professionals need to make building trust with their …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021