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6/16/17: 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. Teen e-cigarette use has dropped for the first time

In 2015, 3 million teens were smoking e-cigarettes, but the number dropped to 2.2 million in 2016, according to a CDC report. Experts say this decrease could be related to more restrictions on underage buying, as well as a national campaign to reduce teen e-cigarette use. 


2. Teens are using fewer drugs, but overall, they're more depressed

Teens are using fewer illegal and controlled substances—like marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes—but the rates of misuse of pain medicines like hydrocodone and oxycodone are still increasing. In addition, rates of depression have been steadily rising, with 20 percent of teen girls reporting a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to 12 percent in 2011.


3. McDonald's is hiring teens on Snapchat

The fast food giant is asking teens to send in a 10-second Snapchat video or "Snaplication" to apply for a position. According to Teen Vogue, this move makes sense as more than half of McDonald's employees fall within the 16 to 24 age range.



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