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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 04.01.2016 | 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 03.29.2016 | 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 03.18.2016 | 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 03.17.2016 | 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 03.15.2016 | 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 03.04.2016 | 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 01.21.2016 | 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 01.08.2016 | 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 12.10.2015 | 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 09.10.2015 | 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.

This Is The Difference Between Smoking And Vaping

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living

The lack of smoke inhalation is what leads many e-ciagrette users to believe vaping is a safer alternative to smoking.

Calgary Should Butt-Out the Vaping Ban

Derek James From | Posted 07.17.2016 | Canada Alberta
Derek James From

The narrative concocted to support this ban is a sham. Vaping is not a public health crisis. Aside from a handful of deeply flawed studies that have been discredited, the accumulated evidence is becoming clearer and clearer--vaping is orders of magnitude less harmful than smoking is. And it's hardly more of a nuisance than wearing an excessive amount of perfume.

What if We Paid People to Quit Smoking?

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine addresses an interesting, incremental way to motivate people to butt out: you pay them. In a previous post I've written about both the public and private sector rewarding people for healthy living, including in terms of being more physically active and eating/drinking more nutritiously. Paying people to quit may, at first, seem far fetched. But it is part of a larger movement to implement what are regarded as sound policies without invoking the heavy hand of the state: regulating lite.

How Do We Tell Kids Who Vape It's Just as Dumb as Smoking?

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Something is happening with the young ones: they are vaping in rapidly increasing numbers. Depending on how you look at kids and their taking to e-cigarettes, two very different views emerge.

Yup, Even A Few Cigarettes Can Be Harmful

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Living

Despite decades of public health campaigning, many smokers think it's okay to just smoke a few cigarettes a day yet they underestimate their risks, ac...

Will We Ever End Smoking?

Bill Bogart | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

There's good news and bad news about smoking. Recent statistics reveal that consumption rates are at record lows and appear to be dropping even further. And, as those rates fall, the menace of second-hand smoke also recedes. But these positive developments come at a time when new evidence warns that cigarettes are even more hazardous than we have thought. So to end smoking and the many costs it imposes on this continent, let alone elsewhere in the world, much remains to be done.

Menopause in Your 30s: Nine Things That Can Age Your Ovaries

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

What causes early menopause or premature ovarian aging? This unique situation may occur from lifestyle factors, medical treatment or genetic predisposition. Early menopause can also be the result of an autoimmune disease.

How Disparate Taxation Can Lead to Black Markets

Salman Sakir | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

Taxation is mostly used by state governments to generate revenue; it is sometimes used as a policy tool to dissuade citizens from the consumption of different products or services. However, the introduction of disparate taxation may lead to unintended consequences. Disparate taxation on cigarettes may lead to the creation and expansion of black markets for cigarettes. It is very important to be cognizant of the unintended consequences of disparate taxation when it is used as a policy tool.