The science behind why vaping is becoming so popular in Canada

Adam Miller – CBC News, with comments from Nicholas Chadi September 20, 2019

Vaping is quickly becoming a lot more popular with Canadians, despite what little is known of its long-term health effects.

Experts say part of the reason for the surge in use in such a short time is the evolution of the devices themselves. […]

“What we’re seeing now is rapidly increasing rates of e-cigarette use in teens and young adults,” says Dr. Nicholas Chadi, a pediatrician at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal and addiction medicine specialist. 

“They’ve been very aggressively marketed in all sorts of forms — social media and big billboard ads — to target young people, even though companies will say the contrary. The marketing strategy has worked very well.”  Read more

Des milliers de jeunes hospitalisés en raison du cannabis (Thousands of youths hospitalized due to cannabis use)

Reportage TVA Nouvelles, 19 septembre 2019
Avec Harold Gagné et Nicholas Chadi

En pleine campagne électorale, une étude publiée par l’Institut canadien d’information sur la santé démontre que le cannabis accroît considérablement le nombre d’hospitalisations chez les jeunes de 10 à 24 ans au Canada.

Le Québec en subit lui aussi les contrecoups, ce qui inquiète les professionnels de la santé.

En 2017-2018 au Canada, il y a eu près de 24 000 hospitalisations chez les jeunes de 10 à 24 ans, dont 40% en raison de la consommation de cannabis et 26% d’alcool.

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Health-care system is struggling to manage cases of young Canadians hospitalized for drug-related causes, report says

By Erin Anderssen, The Globe and Mail, September 19, 2019
With comments by Nicholas Chadi

The vast majority of Canadian youth being hospitalized for drug-related injuries or overdoses also have a mental-health condition, according to new numbers that show the most common substance behind those hospital stays is cannabis, not alcohol. […]

Pediatric specialist Nicholas Chadi opened his substance-abuse clinic at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine University Hospital in August, and already has a crowded roster. This includes a 13-year-old hospitalized for an opioid overdose, but also three young people with chronic vomiting brought on by long-term marijuana use. Given the strength of new marijuana on the market, and the fact that many teens use it in edibles and oil concentrates, he said many such cases are likely happening across the country. Read more

Time for Canada to move forward with flavored e-cigarette ban

Interview with Aarti Pole and Nicholas Chadi

CBC News, September 15, 2019

In a letter sent to the Minister of Health of Canada earlier this week, the Canadian Paediatric Society advocates for a ban of flavored e-cigarette products nationwide, similar to what has been proposed this week in the US.

Join pediatrician Nicholas Chadi, clinician-scientist, addiction medicine specialist and nicotine and tobacco spokesperson for the Canadian Paeidiatric Society as he discusses the health risks associated with youth vaping. Watch the full interview here

Pearls of Wisdom: Vaping and Adolescent Addiction

Interview with Dennis Leonard, CEO Of Delta Dental and Nicholas Chadi, adolescent and addiction medicine specialist

Pearls of Wisdom Series
September 12, 2019

Vaping has been in the news a lot, as this very serious public health epidemic continues to explode. We talked to Dr. Nicholas Chadi, an expert in adolescent addiction, about how vaping affects teens – from brain development to oral health – and what dentists and patients should know in order to address it. Watch the full interview here

Health officials ask Canadian vape users to be on alert for symptoms after hundreds hospitalized in U.S.

By Avis Faro, CTV National News, September 5, 2019
With comments by Nicholas Chadi

Two deaths and hundreds of cases of lung disorders in the U.S. believed to be linked to vaping have sparked a second warning from Health Canada on the potential danger of e-cigarettes. […]

There are no cases of vaping-associated lung disease in Canada, but a national team is monitoring for problems. Dr. Nicholas Chadi, a pediatrician at Sainte-Justine hospital who also speaks for the Canadian Paediatrics Society, is part of this team.

“We’re getting a strong message from the U.S. that we need to be careful about vaping devices and aerosols that come from those devices,” Chadi said. Read more

La pleine conscience peut aider les jeunes patients (Mindfulness can help young patients)

By Jean-Benoit Legault, The Canadian Press, August 24, 2019
With comments by Nicholas Chadi
Published in La Presse and L’Actualité

L’enseignement de la méditation de pleine conscience à de jeunes patients peut améliorer leur fonctionnement, les aider à combattre certains problèmes de santé chroniques et même réduire la quantité de médications dont ils auront besoin, affirme un chercheur du CHU Sainte-Justine qui y voit une pratique ayant sa place dans un « continuum » de soins.

« Il y a plusieurs conditions médicales pour lesquelles j’ai pu voir des effets chez les jeunes, a assuré le docteur Nicholas Chadi, un pédiatre spécialisé en médecine de l’adolescence et toxicomanie. Ça peut être au niveau de la perception des symptômes, des symptômes qui sont […] aidés et améliorés par des médicaments, (mais) on s’aperçoit par des exercices de méditation ou de pleine conscience, on peut avoir besoin de moins de médication ou mieux fonctionner et être capable de revenir à une vie normale, vraiment en intégrant ça au quotidien. » Article complet

New analysis finds link between vaping and cannabis use in teens, young adults

By Jean-Benoit Legault, The Canadian Press, August 12, 2019
With comments by Nicholas Chadi
Published in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, La Presse and Le Devoir.

Teens and young adults who use electronic cigarettes are significantly more likely to use cannabis as well, according to a new study by a Canadian researcher. Pediatrician Nicholas Chadi’s analysis of previous research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that the likelihood of marijuana use was three to four times higher among youth who vaped.

One of the key findings showed the risk for younger adolescents aged 12 to 17 was higher than for young adults aged 18 to 24 years. “It’s an important discovery for us,” said Chadi, who is now based at Montreal’s Ste-Justine Hospital but conducted the research during a previous posting in Boston. […] Read more

Additional radio coverage on Radio Canada and YouTube clip from WEAC24

FDA links vaping to 127 seizures — expert says e-cigarettes can ‘alter’ teens’ brains

By Abby Haglage, Yahoo Lifestyle, August 8, 2019

With Comments from Nicholas Chadi

[…] Long promoted as a “safer alternative” to smoking by the companies that make them, e-cigs are being outed in new reports of their damaging health effects — something that’s especially worrisome, considering that one in 10 eighth graders have now reportedly tried them.

The most recent report comes from the Food and Drug Administration, which has received “127 reports of seizure[s] or other neurological symptoms” from 2010 to 2019 that are believed to be linked to vaping. The news is part of an ongoing investigation the agency has been conducting since April, one that has reportedly tied a troubling number of the neurological effects to teen use. […]

“The way young people are using e-cigs now, with very high doses of nicotine, can definitely induce something like a seizure, especially for people who are predisposed,” Chadi tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Read more

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