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

Vaping and Youth: What you need to know

Featuring guest lecturer Dr. Nicholas Chadi

Recorded by Natick Pegasus, on April 24, 2019

Dr. Nicholas Chadi, MD MPH discusses recent trends, health effects and prevention and treatment strategies related to adolescent e-cigarette use.  This event was presented to an assembly of youth, parents and community members at Wilson Middle School in Natick, MA.

Dr. Chadi’s presentation is followed by a panel of town, school and health officials to discuss the collective response to this emerging public health issue and the resources available to youth and their families.

Listen to the full recording here


Poor Mental Health Ups Risk for Teen E-Cigarette Use

By Elizabeth Hlavinka, MedPage Today, June 4, 2019

With Comments from Nicholas Chadi

Teens with mental health problems were more likely to take up cigarettes, both electronic and regular, according to a longitudinal study just published in Pediatrics.

[…] “We have to be careful when we think of e-cigarettes as substances because it falls in the bigger picture of substance use in general,” Chadi, who was not involved with the research, said. “This is a two-way highway, where people with mental health problems are more likely to start using these substances, but the reverse is also true — people who start using these substances also have increased chances of developing mental health symptoms.” Read more

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