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NYS to End Sale of Flavored E-Cigs and all Tobacco Sales at Pharmacies on May 18

New York State will officially end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, state-wide, as well as the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies on May 18, 2020. The new laws were passed as part of the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget. New York will be the second state in the nation to restrict the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. “By passing these laws the New York State legislature has reduced...

Screen Time and Children

Children and adolescents spend a lot of time watching screens, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs, and computers. On average, children ages 8-12 in the United States spend 4-6 hours a day watching or using screens, and teens spend up to 9 hours. While screens can entertain, teach, and keep children occupied, too much use may lead to problems. Parents may not always know what their children are viewing, or how...

Media Habits During COVID-19: Children & Teens on Screens in Quarantine

During this period of quarantine, most children and teens have fewer school responsibilities and less access to extracurricular activities and social opportunities. Many parents are strained by the added responsibility of supervising their children during the day in addition to their typical responsibilities. In addition to fears and stresses caused by the spread of the Covide19 virus, increased contact and parental responsibilities can put a significant strain on family dynamics...

When They Know They Are Being Manipulated — It Can Help

These are intense, social, political, medical, and emotional times. Here is the thing — getting more breaks from social media and screen time, in general, can serve as a positive recharge for our kids. But how to do this? I want to suggest a really important conversation that might motivate your kids and teens to sign off a bit more. First, we know via research and experience that as kids mature...

NYS OASAS offers tips for supporting your family during COVID-19

WNET (New York Public Media) has modified their programing to offer educational resources to students learning from home: Expanded K-12 At-Home Learning Resources Beginning Monday, we pre-empted our regular programming on WLIW21, our Long Island station, from 9am – 3pm to aid the needs of young students currently at home with "WLIW21 At Home Learning." We also adjusted programming on our WLIW World station with "World At Home Learning"...