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Hawaii will be the first state in the U.S. to raise its legal smoking age to 21. The new measure, which was passed this week and is effective in 2016, is in response to growing concerns about the prevalent use of e-cigarettes among teenagers. Should the legal smoking age be changed in your state? Cast your vote and share your thoughts in today’s poll.

What changes do you think should be made to the legal smoking age?

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Sleep specialist Rachel Salas was recently featured on Yahoo! Health talking about how sleep positions impact health. She said that there are a number of physical issues that can result from regularly sleeping in the same position. Cast your vote on how you sleep in today’s poll.

Also, read the full article in Yahoo! Health.

How do you usually sleep?

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There are hundreds of clinical research trials across Johns Hopkins Medicine, though only 3 to 4 percent of patients are currently enrolled in one. If you were a patient at Johns Hopkins, or any other medical institution, would you choose to enroll in a clinical research trial? Cast your vote in today's poll and share your thoughts below about why you would or would not choose to enroll in one.

Would you enroll in a clinical research trial?

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According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library, approximately five to 16 percent of American adults have some type of specific phobia, though there is no known cause. Some of the top phobias include fear of spiders, snakes, public speaking and heights. Cast your vote for what you are most afraid of in today’s poll.

Out of some of the top phobias, what's your biggest fear?

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Today’s food labels carry a lot more information than ever. Do you read the food labels before putting the item in your cart? Cast your vote in today’s Hopkins Happenings poll, and learn more about how to read food labels for a heart-healthy diet.

And what’s worth knowing about the first ingredient listed on a food label? How can you decode the words you see on labels? Learn more about food labels and how to benefit your heart at http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_heart/eat_smart/quick-qas-do-you-know-how-to-read-food-labels-for-a-heart-healthy-diet.

Do You Read Food Labels?

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Jeffrey Ellenbogen, a neurologist and researcher at the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorder Center, recently spoke on a morning radio show about the benefits and drawbacks of being an early riser or a night owl.

Everyone works to develop a biorhythm to support overall health and wellbeing, which causes people to wake up early or go to bed late. Developing this biorhythm includes finding the right balance between sleep and the circadian rhythm, our internal clock. People have a predisposition to being a late night or an early morning person, or somewhere in between.

Some studies have shown that there are health benefits to being an early person and drawbacks to being a night owl. Ellenbogen says that to some degree, night owls are at a slight disadvantage because there is a mismatch between their biology and their desire to stay up late. A night owl can get things done in the evening but the alarm will still go off early in the morning, right in the middle of their biological sleep time.

Being a late night or an early morning person is not a disease. It is only a problem when social pressures make it challenging to work around one's predisposition to a particular sleep pattern.

So, do you consider yourself to be an early bird or a night owl? Cast your vote below.

Are you a night owl or early bird?

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In the past month, 75 percent of Americans reported experiencing at least one symptom of stress, with 51 percent of women and 32 percent of men saying that they have laid awake at night recently due to stress. While there are numerous factors in our lives that can contribute to stress, what do you find stresses you out most? Cast your vote in today’s poll.

Also, learn more about stress with this handy infographic and in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library.

What stresses you out most?

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In departments across Johns Hopkins Medicine, seasoned veterans work alongside fresh faces on a daily basis. How long have you worked at a Johns Hopkins Medicine institution? Vote in today's poll and see where you fall among your colleagues.

How long have you worked at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

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Dancing with the Hopkins Stars SillhouetteAfter months of choreographing and rehearsing, the big night is almost here! Cast your vote on who you think will win the coveted mirror-ball trophy at Dancing with the Hopkins Stars tomorrow, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Support your favorite Johns Hopkins dancers by attending the event and voting for best performance or by visiting hopkinsmedicine.org/unitedway/dwths and donating to their United Way program of choice.

Who will win Dancing with the Hopkins Stars?

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As Kermit the Frog told us, “It’s not easy being green,” but we all know the importance of being environmentally aware. Biking to work, recycling electronics and shopping at Farmers Markets are all easy ways you can “be green.” What measures do you take to support sustainability? Cast your vote and share other ways you support sustainability in today’s poll.

How Do You Support Sustainability?

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