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Tobacco Use, Vaping, & COVID-19: What Do You Need To Know?
During these times, it is important to consider how you can best manage your health and prevent spreading the virus to others. Although more research is still needed, we are providing here with information, based on the latest evidence as of March 2020, on the risks associated with cigarettes & e-cigarettes, as well as tips for quitting or reducing smoking and vaping during the pandemic.
COVID19 Mental Health Discussion Forum
Leaning on others for support & encouragement is key during #COVID19. Our team at NDS has helped put together a moderated peer-to-peer discussion forum where you can connect with others in the community. This is a space where you can offer support, encouragement, and share your experiences with managing your stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 virus. You can also get tips and suggestions for how best to cope in this difficult time. Register today & join the conversation!
Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic can cause stress and anxiety because of its disruption to normal life as well the sudden overflow of information and attention on the topic. As Canada continues to deal with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at NDS remain committed to playing our part in ensuring the health and wellbeing of our clients and the CAMH community. In this vein, CAMH has created a website as a clearinghouse of resources and reliable information concerning the COVID-19 and its impact on mental health.
National Non-Smoking Week 2020 !
January 20th marks the beginning of National Non Smoking Week! The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program offers smoking cessation treatment & counselling support to people across Ontario looking to quit. Begin your journey to cessation today! Download free resources with information & tools to help you support your clients here. Or click here for more clients self-help resources. To keep up with new information, research projects and resources for smoking cessation during National Non-Smoking Week, follow us on Twitter @PSQuitSmoking !
Youth and Vaping: Where Do We Go From Here?
The NDS hosted a Facebook Live discussion about youth and vaping on November 28, 2019. The constantly evolving landscape around vaping has made it difficult to provide evidence-based and relevant advice to youth and their families. Our expert panel—including youth and physicians—will unpack some of the uncertainty around the subject in a live question-and-answer format. Topics will include: • How to identify signs of vaping addiction • Strategies to reduce risks associated with vaping • How to engage in a conversation with youth about vaping. You can access the event recording here.
To vape or not vape? CAMH experts vaporize the uncertainty!
The NDS TEACH Project presented an Expert Panel Q&A On Vaping on October 7th 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm to help practitioners learn more about vaping and what we should do while we wait for the evidence. The webinar was recorded and is available for viewing ! For more information, please contact: teach@camh.ca or call 416-535-8501, x31600.
New CIHR Grant at the NDS!
A collaborative team of Scientists at the CAMH NDS, spearheaded by Dr. Dolly Baliunas, University of Toronto, and ICES were the successful recipients of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant! This project will compare health and healthcare use between groups of smokers from three sources: a database of patients who received STOP smoking cessation treatment, a population-based comparison group of smokers who did not receive STOP smoking cessation treatment, and population-based healthcare databases. Findings from this work can help inform debates concerning how to best implement smoking cessation services within the publicly funded healthcare system in Ontario.
E-Cigarettes Research Study at the NDS
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) invites people who regularly use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) only or alongside smoking tobacco cigarettes to participate in a study looking at differences of nicotine and other substances found in their urine. For more information, please visit this webpage.
E-Cigarettes Resources
CAMH NDS is currently reviewing the evidence on e-cigarettes and vaping (ENDS) and will be developing recommendations to help inform our approach to addressing ENDS use among our clients. These will focus on the potential benefits and risks of using ENDS, the efficacy of these products on tobacco cessation and how to discuss these products with clients. In the meantime, here are some resources to provide guidance: Health Canada Consultations on The Future of Tobacco Control , Public Health Ontario Literature Review on E-Cig , OTRU Report on E-Cig Use For Smoking Cessation , An Evidence Update on E-Cig by Public Health England

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