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When Friends Die

Between 2016 and 2019, 15,393 people died from drug overdoses in Canada. This year, we’re breaking the records set in those years.  “Canadians should be seized with this particular crisis,” says Canada’s Chief public health officer Dr. Teresa Tam. The closed Canada-U.S. border, increased social isolation and reduced access to safe supply are all factors…

E-cigarettes: A secondary concern and a call for regulation

E-cigarettes: A secondary concern and a call for regulation

E-cigarettes seem to be a way of reducing some of the harmful effects of normal cigarettes, as I outlined in a recent column. In these electronic devices a fluid is vaporized by a battery-powered heater, and the vapour is inhaled by the user. No tars or other cancer-inducing agents are produced. Understandably, this apparent increased safety of e-cigarettes has given rise to considerable interest. On the whole I feel these devices are a good thing.