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National Non-Smoking Week 2017

CAMH steps up efforts to reduce tobacco health harms

TORONTO, January 11, 2017 - Tobacco health harms are serious, and while Canadians may smoke less on average, specific populations – such as those facing mental health challenges – are vulnerable.

National Non-Smoking Week (Jan. 15 - 21) puts the spotlight on tobacco harms and helps Canadians quit or stay quit. Through research, programs, advocacy and its tobacco-free hospital site, CAMH continues to step up to support this critical effort. 

This week, we report on CAMH’s smoking cessation support, the rise of e-cigarettes and ongoing research to pinpoint usage trends, key factors and potential solutions. Watch this week to find out more about:

Going tobacco-free

How CAMH innovates to be a tobacco-free hospital
How CAMH innovates to be a tobacco-free hospital

New trends

CAMH’s Dr. Robert Schwartz delivers the latest evidence on e-cigarettes

The latest research: Where Ontario stands

9% of students report smoking cigarettes in the past year
From CAMH’s 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), see these powerful infographics on e-cigarette use and cigarette use by students. 

To learn more, see the news release and the detailed study report.

An estimated nine out of 10 adult smokers start their habit as teens 

Tobacco and the use of e-cigarettes was included in the 2015 CAMH Monitor for the first time. It found that nearly one in five young Ontario adults showsproblematic use of electronic devices. 

Find more relevant stats in the detailed 2015 CAMH Monitor report.


For some Aboriginal communities in Canada facing the challenges of unemployment, housing shortages, and physical and mental health crises, the impact of cigarette smoking may not immediately rank high on their priority lists. Yet tobacco smoking rates and related health effects in Aboriginal communities remain disturbingly high.

A new study examinines the use of commercial tobacco in Aboriginal communities.

Smoking cessation

Key factors in addiction

From CAMH Discovers e-magazine: Uncovering what makes or breaks an addiction.


From our 2016 CAMH Research Across the Lifespan report: Preventing a lifetime of smoking, highlighting a youth study by CAMH Senior Scientist Dr. Rachel Tyndale.

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