Third-Hand Smoke

Third-hand smoke is the residue from cigarette smoke that stays on just about every surface exposed to that smoke. The smoke residue clings to hair and fabrics, including clothing, carpets, drapes, and furniture upholstery, and it can cause serious health problems.

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Back to School Lessons: The V (Violence) Joins the Three R’s

Countless studies have shown that violence is pervasive in American “entertainment” and that children are exposed to it every day. Thirty years of research has proven that children who watch violent programs are more likely to hurt others, and to become criminals as teenagers or adults. It will take a few years to study the long-term impact of the increasingly violent and realistic computer and video games, but it is likely that they are even more dangerous, because of the interactive nature of these games.

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NCHR’s Comments on USPSTF Draft Research Plan: Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women

USPSTF, April 11, 2018, We strongly support the efforts of the USPSTF to draft a research plan to identify benefits and harms of tobacco cessation interventions in broad populations, including pregnant women. We encourage the USPSTF to consider: 1. the necessary evidence to establish the short-term and long-term benefits of tobacco cessation on an individual and population level 2. potential fetal outcomes, including developmental and birth-related outcomes. 3. the harms associated with electronic nicotine delivery systems, as these products have been touted as safer alternatives that may also serve as quit aids.

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Violent Video Games and Aggression

The American Psychological Association (APA) considers violent video games a risk factor for aggression. It is important to keep in mind that violent video game exposure is only one risk factor of aggressive behavior. For example, mental illness, adverse environments, and access to guns are all risk factors of aggression and violence.

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Does Media Coverage Inspire Copy Cat Mass Shootings?

The media gives a lot of attention to school violence, and that attention can encourage more threats of violence. Researchers focus on the implications for the media, suggesting that they not give so much attention to these violent incidents and that they avoid glorifying perpetrators.

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