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Parental Smoking Linked to Childhood Cancer

This article is part 12 of 15 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

Parents’ smoking habits could contribute to the most common form of childhood cancer, according to a new study.

A new study by researchers in California suggests exposure to parents’ tobacco smoke, especially during pregnancy and early childhood, may be linked to gene changes commonly found in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a blood cancer that occurs Read more

Teen Drug Use: It All Starts With Smoking

This article is part 12 of 15 in the column BeAKidsHero™

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Trying to stay informed about the illicit temptations thrown at kids can leave a parent—or anyone working with children—begging for mercy. I’m in that boat as I try to keep up with the latest teenage drug trends.

Seeking information and guidance, I turned to Sheriff Michael Nielsen of Boone County, Indiana, where my hometown is located, for a crash course in teenage drug use. Sheriff Nielsen graciously shared some basic facts he learned while working with teens and young adults in our community.

“It all starts with tobacco use,” Sheriff Nielsen said. “Smoking leads to alcohol, which leads to marijuana, which leads to harder drugs.” The Sheriff is candid about his former addiction to tobacco and its hold on people who use it. He adds, “As strong as tobacco is, just think of … the power drugs have over people.”

To better understand the issue, here are the drugs of choice for kids and teens: Read more

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