Vaping: More than just blowing smoke

New England Psychologist, June 13, 2018
With comments from Nicholas Chadi

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a National Youth Tobacco Survey and found that 2.39 million teens are “vaping” (i.e., using an electronic smoking device). As this trend continues to grow, parents, schools and health professionals struggle with ways to effectively address the problem. […]

Nicholas Chadi, M.D., pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine, and first and only Pediatric Addiction Medicine Fellow in North America, is currently involved in the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program (ASAP) at Boston Children’s Hospital. He reported that vaping has serious negative physical consequences.

In the past two months, leading pediatric journals have published two studies that show e-cigarettes contain multiple cancer-causing substance and heavy metals that scar the lungs, according to Chadi. Read more

Vaping, JUULing and e-cigarettes: what teens and parents need to know

By Nicholas Chadi, Thriving, May 8, 2018

“Which flavor is this? Cherry cheese cake? French vanilla? Crème bruléee?” If you are a teen in high school these days, chances are that you’ve already asked yourself this question and have inhaled at least a few breaths of some of the powerful scents coming from a JUUL or other type of e-cigarette.

The popularity of electronic cigarettes has increased exponentially in the past five years: nearly one in three seniors in high school say that they have used an e-cigarette in the past year. The FDA has recently released a statement warning about the risks of vaping and supporting strict regulations to avoid exposure to e-cigarettes for children and teens. But are e-cigarettes all that bad? Read more

Experts are calling out a vape pen with ‘scary’ nicotine levels that teens love — here’s how it affects the brain

Business Insider, April 19, 2018
With comments from Nicholas Chadi

“The Juul is a new trend I’m afraid,” Nicholas Chadi, a clinical pediatrics fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, said at the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s annual conference last week. “We get calls from parents across Boston wondering what to do about this.”

The crux of the problem centers on what nicotine does to the teen brain — especially in an area called the prefrontal cortex, which plays a key role in emotional control, decision making, and impulse regulation.

Brain imaging studies of adolescents suggest that those who begin smoking regularly at a young age have markedly reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex and perform less well on tasks related to memory and attention compared to people who don’t smoke. Chadi said these brain changes are also linked with increased sensitivity to other drugs as well as greater impulsivity. Read more 

Easing access to marijuana is not a way to solve the opioid epidemic

By Nicholas Chadi and Sharon Levy, STATnews – April 12, 2018

The take-home message from research published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine — let’s liberalize access to marijuana as a way to address the raging opioid epidemic — captured the public imagination. We disagree. Supporting medical or recreational marijuana as an alternative to opioids for conditions like chronic pain is a bad idea, especially for America’s youths. Read more

Facebook Live: Celebration = Intoxication is a dangerous message for youth

Boston Children’s went live with experts from the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program (ASAP) to discuss adolescent substance abuse and what families and providers can do to help. View the full discussion.

Expert panel:

-Nicholas Chadi, MD: Pediatrician specialized in Adolescent Medicine and Addiction Medicine Fellow

-Diana Deister, MD: Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for ASAP

-Shannon Mountain-Ray: Clinical Social Worker and Director of Social Work for ASAP

Celebration = intoxication is a dangerous message for children

By Nicholas Chadi and Sharon Levy – Thriving, January 8, 2018

On New Year’s Eve, CNN fielded reporters all over the country to cover and arguably, to define how Americans celebrate. A report from a “puff, pass and paint” party in Denver, in which revelers flaunted their marijuana use, caught the attention of millions of viewers and became a subject of discussion nationally.

Showcasing marijuana use on national television is relatively new following the recent liberalization of marijuana policy in several states and the novelty incited significant coverage. But the underlying message that strives to define substance use as a necessary (and perhaps sufficient) component of celebration is anything but new. Read more

With Cigarettes Out of Favor, Many U.S. Teens Also Shun Pot

HealthDay, Monday November 6, 2017

(Also, see editorial by Nicholas Chadi and Sharon Levy in Pediatrics)

Today’s American teens are smoking less than ever, and the trend may be keeping many from smoking pot, too. That’s the finding of a new study that tracked more than 1 million teens from 1991 to 2016. […]

Then there’s the not-so-good news: Over the past decade, the percentage of 12th graders who’ve used marijuana in the past year has stubbornly hovered over 30 percent.

That means education about the harms of marijuana is still critical, said Dr. Nicholas Chadi, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“Marijuana is harmful to the developing adolescent brain,” said Chadi, co-author of an editorial published [in Pediatrics]. Plus, he added, teenagers who use the drug are more prone to trying other illegal substances. Read more

Teens and opioids: Time for an open conversation

By Nicholas Chadi, Thriving – October 9, 2017

National surveys have found that teens today are much less likely to use alcohol and drugs compared to their parents’ generation. In fact, the proportion of high school seniors who chose not to use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs has increased from 3 percent to 25 percent in the last thirty years. This remarkable good news is overshadowed by the growing number of teens who are daily marijuana users and the recent increase in opioid-related deaths among young people. It is important to understand the roots of this discrepancy in order to address it. Read more

‘So many barriers’: Support for teen dads lags behind help for young moms

Many Canadian organizations help teen mothers but there is a gap for young fathers

By Nicholas Chadi, CBC News – Mar 19, 2017

Michael Moze was 18 when he learned that he was becoming a father. Five months into the pregnancy, the Edmonton teen decided to quit school, find a job and moved in with his girlfriend.

“I got excited about becoming a dad,” Moze says, and he was determined to provide for the family.”I didn’t have custody for the first two years, but I bottle-fed him from the hospital.” Read more

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