Friday, February 12, 2016


Talk to your kids about e-cigarette ads

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 4:00 AM
Approximately 18.3 million U.S. middle school and high school students were exposed to at least one source of e-cigarette advertising in 2014, found a study released last week from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. E-cigarettes are battery –powered devices that can deliver nicotine... Read more

Teen cigarette smoking is down (yay!), but teen smokeless tobacco is up (WHAT?)!

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Surprised? Me too! Baseball and smokeless tobacco (ST) have gone together like hand and glove since the 1800s. Players and coaches liked it because it kept their mouths moist. Tobacco-stained spit became the “active ingredient” in the spitball. ST is different from the tobacco used in... Read more

Why we should be worried about e-cigarettes

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:30 AM
Electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) worry the heck out of me. In recent years, we’ve seen a markedly decrease in the smoking rate in the United States and in Western Europe from near 50 percent to less than 20 percent. The drop is due to the combination of very high cigarette taxes... Read more

When parents smoke: a case for 'Do as I say, not as I do'

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 8:58 AM
A 17-year-old has been smoking cigarettes since she was 14. She has asthma and frequent respiratory infections, and she knows that smoking is making her worse. She has tried to quit but has given up. She says that her mother also smokes. I believe that most adults know that smoking cigarettes is... Read more

Why you should shop at tobacco-free stores

Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:30 AM
Numbers talk. More importantly, numbers do not lie. The bad news is that the United States is still having poor numbers when it comes to smoking. It remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States killing about 480,000 Americans a year, according to the 2014 Surgeon... Read more

Why e-cigarettes should be banned from minors

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:00 AM
Are e-cigarettes dangerous? Good data on long-term consequences is not available yet, but no one is talking about addiction and that is the undeniable problem for our children. This is why we need to support a proposal passed by a Philadelphia City Council committee last week that would add e-cigarettes... Read more

Why e-cigarettes get an 'F'

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
There’s good news and bad news about teens and smoking. First, the good news: Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). The survey includes more than 24,000 students in grades 6-12 from all 50 states... Read more

What are safe ways to help teens quit smoking?

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 5:30 AM
Almost 50 years ago, I was in the front row when the Surgeon General of the United States, Luther Terry, made the first official announcement that cigarette smoking was harmful to health. I was an overly eager high school reporter on my 14th birthday having won a contest to report on the American... Read more

Tobacco Smoke’s New Danger for Kids

Friday, December 7, 2012, 2:38 PM
By Sari Harrar In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing recently found that kids whose mothers were exposed to secondhand smoke were more likely to have behavior problems than kids whose moms avoided tobacco smoke during pregnancy. It... Read more

Can Marijuana Prevent Cancer?

Monday, September 10, 2012, 5:23 PM
Does Marijuana Cause Cancer - or Prevent It? Last week’s Healthy Kids post about a new study that regular marijuana use by teens dumbs down their IQs later in life raised a ruckus. Our expert panelist, adolescent specialist Rima Himelstein, MD, cited research finding that marijuana use can increase... Read more
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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