Is social media preventing teens from smoking, drinking and taking drugs?

first_imgNZ Herald 3 October 2017Family First Comment: Positive trends with risky behaviour – but is that because teens are spending too much time on screens and technology – and is that a positive alternative??Modern Kiwi teenagers have turned to healthier living, virtually giving up smoking and cutting back sharply on binge drinking and illicit drugs.The smoking rate had dropped to less than 3 per cent in 2015, from 15 per cent in 2000. The rate of regular binge drinking nearly halved in the 11 years to 2012. And illicit drug use fell to 23 per cent in 2012.But researchers aren’t clear on the reasons behind these reductions in risky behaviour and wonder whether Snapchat and Facebook may play a role.Otago University Wellington researcher Jude Ball, who was speaking at the Public Health Association Conference, said there had been large, almost simultaneous reductions in adolescent risk behaviours in a range of countries.She had found health interventions such as hikes in tobacco tax might have played a role, but the similarities in the data between countries despite variations in their tobacco controls suggested broader social forces were at work.Some argue that social media is replacing risky behaviours: adolescents can be cool and sociable without drinking, and gaming, texting and social media means they have less time, or are less inclined, to drink or smoke.“While this is a popular notion, there’s also a large body of evidence against it,” said Ball.READ MORE: read more

Rotary Int’l District 9101 Governor Visits Liberia

first_imgDIstrict Governor Akilad Allen.District Governor for District 9101 of Rotary International, Akiladi Allen, has arrived in Liberia on a week-long assessment tour of activities of Rotary Clubs in the country.District Governor Allen, who arrived in the country on Wednesday, September 25, will end his tour on Monday, October 1, 2018, a release has said.While in the country, according to the release, Allen will assess the progress of Rotary International activities and meet with some state actors and relevant United Nations agencies.In the itinerary, District Governor Allen will visit projects implemented by Rotary Clubs to see how they are impacting the livelihoods of the people in the various communities where the Clubs have made interventions.Currently, there are four clubs in Liberia that are working together in getting Rotary International goals to reach both Liberians and foreign residents.The clubs are Rotary Club of Monrovia and of Sinkor in Montserrado County; Harper in Maryland County; and Gbarnga in Bong County. They continue to work with their international partners on many projects.The clubs were actively involved in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and are working by supporting polio eradication, water and sanitation initiative, basic education and literacy, maternal and child health, economic and community development, peace and conflict prevention.In August this year, the Rotary Clubs in Liberia worked with their counterpart, Rotaplast International, an international medical team in the United States, a sub group of Rotary International, to carry out free medical reconstructive surgeries for more than 60 Liberians who would have otherwise not had the opportunity to have such serious surgeries.Rotary International District 9101 comprises ten countries in West Africa. They are Cape Verde, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau and Cote D’Ivoire. Rotary International is an international service organization which aims to foster the idea of service as a worthy enterprise.Rotarians globally operate under the motto, “Service Above Self,” fostering high ethical standards in business and profession, while encouraging each member to serve society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more