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In one of the first studies to look at alcohol and tobacco use in young teens, ages 12 to 15, with ADHD and conduct disorder, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers found increased use.

"Early onset of substance abuse is a significant public health concern," says William Brinkman, MD, a pediatrician at Children's and the study's lead author.

"Adolescents who use substances before the mid-teen years are more likely to develop dependence on them than those who start later, that's why prevention is so important," Brinkman says.

Northern Kentucky University is now tobacco free.

The university approved the policy a year ago and it took effect January 1.

Spokesman Chris Cole says the policy is more than just a smoking ban.

"It includes e-cigs, smokeless tobacco, chew, dip, any tobacco or tobacco-simulating product," says Cole. "It's a pretty comprehensive tobacco free campus policy."

Cole says the university has been preparing for the change for a year. Signs have been posted around campus. Previously designated smoking areas have been removed.

Electronic Cigarettes

Oct 23, 2013

Sales of electronic cigarettes, battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale doses of vaporized nicotine, are expected to reach over $1 billion in the US this year. Some say e-cigarettes help  smokers kick their habit, but their long-term health risks are still under study. Dr.


The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents voted unanimously Wednesday to direct the adoption of a tobacco-free campus policy. The board’s action authorizes NKU President Geoffrey Mearns to develop the details of the policy and to appoint a Tobacco-Free Campus Task Force to develop recommendations for the transition and the policy’s implementation. The transition process will include students, faculty, staff and could take up to 18 months