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I want to thank the teacher who caught me vaping

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In Quebec, it's illegal for kids under 18 to buy pods, juice, or pretty much anything related to vaping.

Think that stopped me? Ha!

I got hooked on vaping in the school bathroom. My buddy Gabriel knew a dealer who had no problem selling to 15-year-olds.

Man, I got hooked.

Vaping isn't like cigarettes. There's no lingering smell. No evidence whatsoever.

Vaping was a nice thrill for Gabriel but I couldn't get enough. I was vaping before school, at every break, and after school.

In January, I was vaping alone in a school bathroom during class and a teacher walked in. I was completely busted. I think my heart literally stopped.

But that was the best thing that ever happened to me. I connected with Chabad Lifeline's Addictions Counsellor here in school, who gave me tips and tricks to stop smoking.

I'm still dealing with my vaping addiction but I want to thank my teacher and Addictions Counsellor for their help.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with vaping or an addiction, contact us. We'll set up a no charge, immediate, and confidential appointment with one of our Addictions Counsellors and get you on the path to recovery.

70 EMSB parents attend film screening at Vincent Massey Collegiate

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Staff at Vincent Massey Collegiate were blown away by the parent turnout for an after hours screening and panel discussion on the documentary Screenagers, organized by Chabad Lifeline.

Did you know that kids spend on average 6.5 hours a day on screens and that doesn’t include classroom or homework screen time? That boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week? Recent studies have shown that screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction

"Screenagers: Growing Up in The Digital Age" is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions that work. The film explores the use of screens in schools, boys and video games, girls and social media, and the risks of addiction.

Over 70 parents joined school staff for the after-school screening which was followed by a panel discussion with Chabad Lifeline's Addictions Counsellor Jason Stein, Chabad Lifeline's Special Projects Coordinator Shauna Joyce, EMSB's Drug Abuse Prevention Consultant Sandrine Aschour, Vincent Massey Collegiate Guidance Counsellor Vanessa Zappitelli, and EMSB Psychologist Janet Perlis.

Following the screening, numerous parents reached out to Chabad Lifeline to participate in our services. Two of them joined our Parent Support Group.

"I think it was a great opportunity to have an open dialogue about not only the signs and dangers of screen addiction; but also about how with the appropriate boundaries and usage, technology can be utilized as a powerful tool to facilitate learning when it comes to today's teenagers," said school Guidance Counsellor Vanessa Zappitelli.

To schedule a screening and panel discussion for parents and staff of your school, send us an email or call 514-738-7700. 

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