Tuesday, July 28, 2015

P.E.I. parent warns of dangers of teen drug and alcohol use

Margaret Smith says she thought her teenage son was simply going through a rebellious phase in high school when his marks began to slip.

He was skipping school, offering no explanation.

Then one night, Smith - whose name The Guardian has changed to protect her son’s identity got the phone call every parent fears.

Her son had been rushed to hospital with alcohol poisoning.

Monday, June 1, 2015

EDITORIAL: N.S. leads way with ban on flavoured tobacco

In banning candy- and fruit-flavoured smokes that are clearly aimed at young people, the province has raised the ire of a Canadian tobacco heavyweight.

A new law that came into effect on Sunday prohibits the sale of most flavoured tobacco products, often marketed in bright, youthful packaging.

The change could mean fewer young people will take up a highly addictive habit that puts users at greater risk of various cancers, cardiovascular disease and early death.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Flavoured tobacco ban goes into effect

Nova Scotia has officially become the first jurisdiction in the world to implement a ban on flavoured tobacco, including menthol.

Legislation took effect Sunday, coinciding with World No Tobacco Day, a World Health Organization day of recognition highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

In a news release, the Canadian Cancer Society called Nova Scotia a “world leader” in tobacco prevention.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Legislation Passes to Help Reduce Smoking and Obesity Rates

Ontario Takes Action to Help Families Make Healthier Choices

May 26, 2015 12:40 P.M. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Today, the Ontario government passed the Making Healthier Choices Act, which will help families make healthier food choices by giving them caloric information when eating out or purchasing take-away meals. The act will also protect youth from the dangers of tobacco and the potential harms of electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes.

As part of the government's commitment to achieve the lowest smoking rate in Canada, the new legislation will:

Saturday, May 9, 2015

It's National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – In an effort to make sure drugs don’t get in the hands of the wrong people, police across the country are asking you to get rid of your old medication.

Today is National Prescription Drug Drop-Off day.

The initiative comes amid a growing trend of young people taking their mom and dad’s old pills to get high. In many cases they’re just taking the medication, but in other instances they’re mixing it with alcohol or other drugs, which could be deadly.

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