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1/27/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you're busy--that's why we're keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!

 

1. A national survey found that teens have experienced more bullying since the election

The survey, which was done by the Human Rights Campaign, looked at more than 50,000 teens ages 13 to 18, across all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds. Notably, the survey revealed that 79 percent of teens have witnessed an increase in bullying and hate messages since the election. One-third of the teens reported feelings of hopelessness in the last 30 days. On a positive note, more than half of the teens said they feel motivated to help those in their communities in response to the election. 

 

2. Teens may not be able to smell their own body odor

A new study, completed by scientists in Denmark found that younger people's sense of smell isn't as strong as adults, which is why teens may not notice their own sweat. In fact, teens ages 12 to 18 had trouble detecting the smells of sweat and cigarette smoke. 

For more information on teen hygiene, and how to teach those awkward body topics, be sure to check out our story, "A Survival Guide to...Your Body Right Now!" and this helpful guide from teacher-adviser Amy Lauren Smith.

 

3. E-cigarettes are not making teens smoke less

From 2013 to 2014, e-cigarette use among teens tripled, while traditional cigarette use continued to decline. Some perceived this as indicative of the idea that e-cigarettes were driving down teen smoking, but this may not be the case. In fact, teen cigarette smoking declined a steady 16 percent from 2004 to 2014, and in 2009, when e-cigarettes hit the markets, there was no drastic decline in teen smoking. That's why study researcher Lauren Dutra believes e-cigarettes are not discouraging teen smoking and are instead acting as a gateway drug to cigarette smoking. 

 

For more Teens in the News, be sure to check out our past updates:

 

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