Government survey on tobacco, alcohol and drug use among students released today
OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2016 /CNW/- Healthy children and youth are the key to a healthy future, and research and data are critical to informing the development of policies that can improve Canada's health.
Today, the Government of Canada
The CSTADS, previously called the Youth Smoking Survey, is a national survey of tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadian students in grades 6 to 12. More than 42,000 students responded to the survey, conducted by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo on behalf of Health Canada. Only students in grades 7 to 12 were asked questions about drugs and alcohol.
Among the various findings, CSTADS reported a decline in both the number of students who had ever tried smoking a cigarette and who are current smokers. Alcohol remained the most frequently used substance by Canadian students, followed by cannabis, synthetic cannabinoids, and psychoactive pharmaceutical products, including prescription pain relievers, taken to get high.
The survey also includes the first national student data on e-cigarette use, which will add to the growing body of knowledge that will inform next steps by Health Canada in regulating this product.
Quotes"I am encouraged to see that smoking and drug use by youth appear to be declining, which is a testament to the effectiveness of our collective efforts in public health and education. However, these results also indicate the need for continued efforts in these areas, including on opioid misuse and flavoured tobacco, two areas where our government is taking action."Jane Philpott Minister of Health
Associated LinksSummary of Results - Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs SurveyUniversity of Waterloo Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs SurveyPropel Centre for Population Health Impact
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SOURCE Health Canada
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