Friday, December 6, 2013

Opinion: New tobacco laws make Alberta a leader, but more can be done

Edmonton Journal, December 6, 2013

By Leia Minaker and Steve Manske, Edmonton Journal

Despite a wealth of knowledge and current policies in place to protect Alberta youth from the dangers of smoking, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in Canada.

About 3,000 Albertans die each year as a result of tobacco industry products.

That’s why Albertans should be proud of their Members of Legislative Assembly for passing Bills 206 and 33 last week.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ontario’s new tobacco legislation can be strongest in Canada

Ontario's new legislation banning flavoured tobacco will help to protect young people's health.

Toronto Star, November 26, 2013

By Leia Minaker Published on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Health minister wants to curb fruit-flavoured tobacco

New report shows that teens like fruit-flavoured tobacco products.

Toronto Star, October 8th 2013

Ontario wants to curb candy- and fruit-flavoured tobacco products and is considering its options in the wake of a report that shows children are big consumers, the province’s health minister says.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Teens pick up numerous unhealthy habits in high school

Waterloo — Kids enter Grade 9 living a fairly healthy lifestyle but by graduation they pick up enough bad habits to be at a significantly higher risk for chronic diseases, a University of Waterloo study has found.

Smoking, marijuana use, binge drinking and physical inactivity skyrocket over the four years of high school.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

High school years hard on adolescent health, with spikes in drinking, smoking and drug use: Canada study

High school may improve young people’s minds, but it does the opposite for their bodies.

A new study out of the University of Waterloo shows Canadian students in Grade 12 are in worse health than their younger high school peers.

The research, published in the latest issue of the journal BioMed Central (BMC) Public Health, found that by the time students reach senior year, they’re at a significantly increased risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and lung cancer.

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