There's been a lot of discussion around the use of ecigarettes and vaping as a way to quit smoking. While research is still underway, here's a bit of closure (for now) from Dr. Schwartz on whether you should be vaping instead of smoking.

However, he also talks about the dangers of starting ecigarette use if you're a non-smoker.

Doctors’ Notes: Why e-cigarettes are better than smoking but worse than nothing | Toronto Star

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Did you know: CAMH has been tobacco free since 2014.

With a recent Ontario mandate calling for all hospitals to remove smoking areas by 2018, CAMH is leading the way, thanks to several programs and staff dedicated to keeping our sites smoke free.

CAMH: A tobacco-free hospital – CAMH innovates to lead the way

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While there is no scientific basis behind why the third Monday of January is dubbed "The Most Depressing Day of the Year", it's still a good opportunity to check on your own mental health.

Check out our Blue Monday guide, with tips on keeping the blues at bay.

Blue Monday Survival Guide

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It's National Non Smoking Week! Help spread the word on the health harms of tobacco use, and urge your friends and family to quit smoking.

National Non-Smoking Week 2017

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Thanks to support from The Ontario Brain Institute, CAMH clinicians are researching biomarkers to better predict brain disorders and gain a better understanding around treatment.
Join Bryce Sage & the 1001 Ways To Wonder crew as they talk to Dr. Robert Levitan about Seasonal Affective Disorder, which affects up to 15%-20% of Canadians.
CAMH's Dr. Branka Agic was recently profiled by Metro Morning as a Torontonian to watch in 2017, thanks to her work with refugees:

Who's Next?

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A new CAMH study is looking at stress and elevated dopamine levels in immigrants as potential risk factors for developing psychosis.

While not everyone with high dopamine levels will develop schizophrenia, these findings highlight the importance of providing social supports to immigrants who may be susceptible.

Study shows biological changes that could underlie higher psychosis risk in immigrants

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Harm reduction strategies will save lives. Learn how municipal and provincial governments are supporting supervised injection services in Ontario:

Statement from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on Supervised Injection Services

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"...I began to accept that the way I was feeling wasn’t my fault, that I wasn’t a failure for lacking 'mental toughness.'"

Rugby Canada player Nadia Popov bravely opens up about her battle with depression and talks #mentalhealth in the world of professional sport.

Nadia Popov: ‘Mental illness left me guilt-ridden’ - CBC Sports

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Meet CAMH nurses Alexis and Wendy, and hear how enrolling in the Barford Scholarship and Internship Program helped them build their professional skill sets.

CAMH: The power of life-long learning – meet two CAMH nursing leaders

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Looking to make a change in the New Year?

CAMH's Dr. David Goldbloom and other leading healthcare professionals from around the country highlight ways for Canadians to get healthier in 2017.

If you’re going to do one thing for a healthier 2017, choose one of these

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CAMH -- with National Chairs Sandi and Jim Treliving & The Globe and Mail -- is launching 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health, a celebration of 150 Canadians across the country making a difference.

#mentalhealth #Canada150

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It's nearly 2017 and CAMH's Dr. Niki Fitzgerald wants to help you make good on your #NewYearsResolutions.

What are you going to stop, start and/or continue in the New Year?

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Closing the gap between physical and mental health care. CAMH CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn shares her views on the poor co-ordination in the mental health system and the need to respect the rights of people with mental illness.

Patients suffer over gap between physical and mental health care | Toronto Star

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There's no need to fall entirely out of routine this #holidayseason. Remember, fitness and diet are important for #mentalhealth!

Check out this CAMH blog for some tips on eating right and keeping active.

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It's inevitable - conflicts happen among family members during the holidays! In her latest blog post, Dr. Vivien Lee discusses family conflict and gives some tips on how to get through those awkward encounters.

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From Inside Toronto, read how the #GiftsOfLight program is making a big difference in the lives of patients at CAMH.

Visit the End Stigma - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation's Facebook page to learn more about this initiative and how you can help this #HolidaySeason.

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If you're spending more time on your smartphone, tablet or computer than with your family or friends over the holidays, you might being overusing your technology.

Here are some tips on how to balance tech use from the PGIO - Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario.

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