Sucking Vapors

  What looks like a flash drive, plugs into a computer’s USB port for charging, tastes like a caramel macchiato or a mango, produces a cloudy vapor suitable for blowing smoke rings, and packs a nicotine punch? Chances are your teenager knows that it is a...

“The Filter Is A Fraud”

  Last year on The PediaBlog, we noted the following encouraging trends in teen behavior, even using the words “responsible” and “teenagers” in the same sentence: Tobacco and alcohol use. Both at historic low levels. (Smoking tobacco...

1/3 Of Teen Girls Depressed?

A large and important study published this week in Translational Psychiatry¬†sheds some new light on a concerning and distressing disorder seen frequently in pediatric practice: teen depression. It’s been known for many years that more adult women suffer from...

Absent Parent, Increased Risk

Unfortunately, what Molly Walker is saying makes sense: Young children who had an absent parent by the time they were 7 years old were linked with increased risks of smoking and alcohol consumption prior to their teenage years, data from a large cohort study in the...

More Responsible Teenagers

Earlier this year, we were encouraged by data showing that today’s teenagers¬†aren’t making the same mistakes (or at least mistakes at the same rates) as their parents in terms of: Tobacco and alcohol use. Both at historic low levels. (Smoking tobacco...