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Quit Before You Start

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Quick Facts

  • Nearly nine out of 10 adult smokers start by age 18.
  • Virginia lawmakers hope to minimize teens' access to tobacco by raising the legal age for purchasing it to 21.
  • The law takes effect as of July 1, 2019 and includes vaping and Juul cartridges as well as cigarettes and cigars.

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Many teenagers are vaping—and potentially putting their health at risk.

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Measles and More: The Facts About Vaccines

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Recent news reports have detailed breakouts of diseases that you may think are extinct but still exist, such as measles and whooping cough.

Vaccinations are made to protect children in times like these when old diseases surface.

This is a great time to check with your family's pediatrician to be sure your children are up to date on their vaccinations.

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Stress and the Teenage Years

Many teens feel stress about their school work.

Teens today are often as busy as any ambitious adult. Up at dawn, they march through classes seeking outstanding grades, tackle multiple sports and hobbies after school, and pitch in with chores at home when they're not hunched over homework.

In between, they try to keep up with friends, avoid bullying, make sense of their crushes—and decide what they’re meant to do with their lives.

No pressure, right?

We’re kidding ourselves if we don’t think teens struggle with stress, just like adults, but with fewer resources to help them cope.

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