Category Archives: Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs

All you need to know about vaping

Vaping is gaining popularity with youth. My teens claim everyone’s doing it and the statistics are showing a rise in use. In 2017, more Ontario students in grades 7-12 had used e-cigarettes compared to tobacco cigarettes. About one-in-ten students (around 80,800 … Continue reading

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Are you parenting a teen? Here are 5 actions that will help.

It was freezing rain this one morning as my son and I hustled into the car to start our day. As we sat down, he noticed a thin layer of icy slush on the windshield. My son asked, “Will the wipers … Continue reading

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The truth about teens and alcohol

We’ve all been through our teen years and had to deal with peer pressure and alcohol. Back then, no one warned me about the risks of alcohol, binge drinking and alcohol poisoning – not my parents, not my school and not … Continue reading

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Did you know smoking is still being promoted to kids in Ontario?

When I was growing up, I didn’t know anything about big tobacco companies and I knew nothing about their strategies to get young people hooked on tobacco products. All I knew is that my parents smoked the red packs and that when we went … Continue reading

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“No smoking” near playgrounds, sports fields and pools – thanks to changes in Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Now that spring has arrived, many of us are once again enjoying or making plans to enjoy the outdoors, but sometimes taking your kids out to enjoy some important physical activity like playing soccer, baseball or even a swim at … Continue reading

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The holidays are a great time to talk to your kids about alcohol

As stressful as the holiday season may be, I do admit to enjoying most festive rituals and traditions.  Mine include family, food, baked goods and red wine! Ahh…there is nothing like cooking a turkey and enjoying a nice glass of … Continue reading

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Party! Party! Paarttyyyy! Help I’ve got teens!

O.k. We all remember being a teenager and the quest for independence. But NOW we are on the other side of the coin. WE are the parents… (Deep breath… in & out). Now I can  so relate to my own … Continue reading

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