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Why Fewer Canadians Are Using Tobacco

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Living
Yaël Ossowski

Despite the millions in proposed new spending for getting Canadians unhooked off tobacco, fewer Canadians are lighting up. Looking at the numbers, it seems that even without a heavy handed government, fewer Canadians are using tobacco every year. So what changed?

What's Causing The Increased Rate Of ADHD?

Dr. Kenny Handelman | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Dr. Kenny Handelman

There are common theories about why ADHD is diagnosed more often. They include: More awareness of the condition, better recognition and diagnosis, pharmaceutical marketing, educational reforms and more. But recent research may hold a suprising answer. It relates to smoking during pregnancy.

You're Not Alone On Your Journey To Quit Smoking

Susan Winship | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Winship

As all smokers know, quitting is challenging and terrifying. It took 25 years of my doctor insisting I quit, before I was able to successfully stop smoking. I tried everything, including cold turkey and prescription medication; nothing worked. I knew I wanted to change my life around for the better.

Liberals Introduce New Vaping Legislation

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Politics

The time has come for federal regulation, the government says.

Smoking Can Damage Your DNA

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living

A pack a day will most definitely destroy your DNA.

Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I walked through a cloud of tutti-frutti smelling smoke the other day, and it got me wondering about e-cigarettes. Are they safe? Are the bad for you? Why do they smell like fruit? So, I spoke with Leslie Gibson, occupational therapist and member of Sunnybrook's Smoking Cessation Committee, to answer some common questions about e-cigarettes.

Is Vaping The New Aspartame?

Adam R. Houston | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Living
Adam R. Houston

Given the very real health concerns linked to obesity, it is unfortunate that aspartame, which can help decrease sugar intake, should be the subject of decades of misinformation. A similar issue has emerged around another less harmful alternative to a product far deadlier than soda: vapour products that replace lethal cigarettes.

Smoking And Vaping Pose Similar Heart Risks, Study Finds

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Living

So you might be better off quitting cold turkey.

The Truth About Hookah Smoking And Your Health

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I've heard before that smoking hookah is fine for your health and not at all like smoking cigarettes. To set the record straight and find out how hookah smoking can affect our health, I spoke to Bonnie Bristow, a Sunnybrook radiation therapist and leader on the Smoking Cessation Team.

Happy Canada Day, Smoke Up!

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2016 | Canada Living

A limited "ehdition'' of Canadian Classics cigarettes are on sale in time for Canada Day.

Surprising Ways Smoking Affects Your Body (And Your Family's Bodies Too)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Smoking cigarettes doubles the risk of changes in the lens of your eye, resulting in cataracts... It triples the risk of age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness over 65 years old. And it also increases the risk of glaucoma, another leading risk of blindness.

Lung Cancer Is Preventable And Treatable With Early Detection

William Osler Health System | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
William Osler Health System

It is important to know that unlike other types of cancers, lung cancer doesn't show symptoms until in much later stages. This means that by the time an individual begins to notice changes to his or her health, the cancer has significantly advanced, often making treatment more complex. However, there is still hope.

Vaping Helped Me Quit Smoking For My Health And My Family's

James Di Fiore | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

For 24 years I was a smoker. That's nearly a quarter century of inhaling smoke into lungs that are probably black by now. But I loved it. I'd start the day with a smoke and a coffee, and I'd have that last cigarette at the end of my day. When my partner and I were expecting our first-born, I finally made the decision that I was ready to stop.

Taking A Run Outside My Comfort Zone Saved My Life

Mark McDonald | Posted 04.02.2017 | Canada Living
Mark McDonald

It was the spring of 2005, I was an overweight smoker and on the fast track to an early grave. I was 23-years-old, weighed 260 pounds and smoked a pack a day. My eating habits were poor with little to no exercise. Changes had to be made.

Men Must Learn To Cope With Longer Lives

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Men used to have shorter life spans than women, according to statistics that seemed unchanging for many decades. But lately the gap started to close, and at least part of the male population is now making headways in terms of healthy aging and longevity.

Segregating Medical Marijuana Patients Isn't The Answer

Quito Maggi | Posted 03.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

By equating medicinal cannabis with tobacco and applying the same rules to its sale and use, the Ontario government is effectively telling patients to get back in to the closet where they belong. It's a regressive policy that has no place in this country.

The Liberals' Marijuana Vaping Laws Are Anything But Common Sense

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 03.18.2017 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

Wynne has called the new regulations "common sense," and Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla has stated this "strikes a balance" between the rights of medical cannabis users and other Ontarians, but I fail to see a fair and just consideration of medical cannabis users' rights in the equation.

Continuing Ontario's Campaign Against Vaping Will Cost Lives

Derek James From | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Living
Derek James From

The Making Healthier Choices Act -- true Orwellian doublespeak -- treats vaping as if it was as harmful as smoking. This imaginative warping of the facts requires the province to ignore the growing scientific evidence that whether inhaled directly or second-hand, vaping has not been strongly associated with the negative health effects of inhaling combusted tobacco products.

We Need Federal Leadership To Tackle Rising Obesity Rates

Kelvin K. Ogilvie | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Living
Kelvin K. Ogilvie

Almost two thirds of adults in Canada are overweight or obese, according to Statistics Canada -- a dramatic increase that has taken place over the last 30 plus years. Unfortunately the increase in obesity rates has also affected our children. It's cold comfort to find that Canada is not alone.

Use These Tips To Help You Quit Smoking

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.21.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

If you are reading this, chances are you are thinking about quitting smoking, or you'd like to find ways to help a loved one quit. And if so, congratulations on taking this first step! Quitting smoking is a journey, not an event. It can take time and require lots of support from family, friends or your healthcare provider.

One Hookah Session Contains 25 Times More Tar Than A Cigarette

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Living

And 125 times more smoke.

6 Nice Things You Can Do For Your Heart This Year

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.08.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Here are six changes you can make to your lifestyle to help out your heart (and other parts of you, too). Try even just one to give your heart a little love this year.

Organized Crime Profits Off Ontario's Illegal Tobacco Problem

Gary Grant | Posted 12.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Gary Grant

Ontario's economy may be sluggish, but the black market for illegal cigarettes is thriving. The rising sale of contraband tobacco has reached a critical level -- in fact, the province has the worst illegal cigarette problem in Canada by far.

Why Less Is More for Your Health as You Age

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

When it comes to diet and lifestyle choices, older adults are well advised to practice moderation. Whether it concerns weight management, physical activity, or alcohol and tobacco use, health experts urge people to consider their limitations and changing needs as they approach their senior years.

Smokers Get A Terrifying Glimpse Into The Future

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Living

It's basically the opposite of a makeover.