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Is Spring Here?
Spring is a good time to look at your affairs and make sure you have everything in place should something unexpected happen. With our expansion into estate planning, I realize that it is not if, but when something will happen. The one thing we know is that no one gets out of here alive; what I am learning more and more is that typically we become disabled and live for several years until our deaths. Proper planning can help prevent stress on your loved ones. Proper planning is deciding who you would prefer to make decisions for you, both medically and financially, if you are suddenly unable to do so. We work with families to find out what is most important to you in your life, what needs to be protected, and what type of legacy you want to leave for your loved ones. As it is with everything in life, we have choices to make. In my experience, nobody wants their family to stress and worry about how to handle events without them there to help, whether it is disability or death. Speak with your family about your wishes on whether or not you want to be kept on life support. Even better, put it in writing as a living will. Anyone remember that Terri Schiavo matter that gripped our nation over 10 years ago?
There’s a public health crisis blooming in the corners of high school bathrooms and classrooms, in clouds of mango-flavored vapor exhaled from the mouths of teens. As conventional cigarette use among high schoolers remains at its lowest point in years, overall use of tobacco products among young people has seen a recent uptick as e-cigarettes surge in popularity. Chief among these devices is the Juul, a sleek, discreet e-cigarette shaped like a USB drive. Since it first became available in 2015, the Juul has dominated the e-cigarette market, claiming close to 76 percent of U.S. e-cigarette market share at the end of 2018. It was developed as a safer alternative to smoking for adults, but unfortunately, it has become extremely popular among adolescents in the U.S. According to a 2018 survey conducted by the BMJ,“Juuling,”better known as“vaping,”is now considered a trend among teens, with 1 in 4 high school seniors familiar with the devices, and a little under 1 in 10 reporting recent use. The NewYork Times reports that as many as 3.6 million middle and high school students currently vape. The problem has gotten so widespread that U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams declared that e-cigarette use among young people has become an“epidemic.” THE RISE OF THE JUUL WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TEEN EPIDEMIC
The question is how does Juuling work, and what are the risks? How worried should parents be? And, most importantly, what can they do about it?
How is the Juul different than cigarettes and other e-cigarettes? The popularity of Juuls among teens is due to a couple of simple factors. Its attractive and covert thumb drive-like design makes it easy to use without getting caught at school. Plus Juul“juice”comes in fun, appealing flavors, like mango, strawberry kiwi, and mint, making it
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