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Vaping continues to pose a threat to Peterborough’s young people

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It will come as no surprise that during this pandemic, more of us have been turning to substance use as a coping mechanism. Although many business sectors are struggling, sales of alcohol and cannabis have shown increases. According to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, alcohol sales increased significantly in late March, early on in this pandemic. Online and in-store sales of legal cannabis have also risen. Statistics Canada data shows that compared to April-June 2019, Canadians spent 74 per cent more money on licensed cannabis during the same period this year.

Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical. Its most common routes of use are e-cigarettes and commercial tobacco products. Youth are especially susceptible to its negative effects, as it can alter their brain development and can affect memory and concentration. It can also lead to addiction and physical dependence. Before COVID-19 struck, we had been seeing troubling increases in youth vaping rates. And then in 2019, an outbreak of vaping-related lung disease occurred. By year end, the U.S.’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported 55 deaths linked to using........

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