Substance Use



  • Adolescents and Alcohol
    Alcohol is the most frequently used drug in the adolescent population and high-risk drinking, in particular binge drinking, can lead to intoxication, alcohol poisoning, impaired driving, physical injury, risky sexual behaviour, chronic disease, and lowered academic performance. This public awareness campaign targets adolescents and provides factual information about the harms associated with high-risk drinking as well as strategies for avoiding those harms. Youth provided input and played a key role in the development of this initiative.
  • The Next Stage: Delivering Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Knowledge through Public Health Networks
    CPHA’s “The Next Stage” project is national in scope and aims to engage Canada’s public health community, including teaching institutions and students, in documenting and sharing evidence-informed and practice-based strategies and interventions in tobacco use prevention and cessation activities. This systematic process will generate a renewed agenda for public health and its approach to tobacco control. The results of this project have the potential to inform the “next generation” of tobacco control policy in Canada. The project will place an emphasis on best practices and emerging effective approaches, build on the extensive public health knowledge base accumulated over many years with respect to tobacco control, and leverage the reach and experience of the multidisciplinary public health community. “The Next Stage” project is funded by Health Canada.

    Project Reports
  • Pot and Driving Campaign
    Young Canadians have one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world and many choose to drive a motor vehicle after using pot. This campaign, targeted to adolescents 14-18 years of age, has been widely commended for its carefully researched message, reasonable and respectful tone, and creative yet provocative image. In partnership with the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s Ajunnginiq (Inuit) Centre, CPHA also took the campaign to the North.
  • Respecting the Air We Breathe
    Young adults are an emerging priority population for tobacco control in Canada. Respecting the Air We Breathe is a national project to develop effective second-hand tobacco smoke messages that will educate young adults about how to exercise:
    • Their responsibility to protect co-workers, peers and household members from second-hand smoke, and
    • Their right to breathe smoke-free air.
  • Smoke-Free Health Care Facilities Project
    CPHA has received a financial grant from Health Canada to collaborate with the public health associations (PHAs) of Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa to review and compile best practice models, approaches and international evidence regarding the implementation and application of smoke-free policies and regulations for health care facilities.
  • Smoking Cessation Training for Health Sciences Students
    CPHA, in association with several overseas public health associations, has been a partner with WHO and CDC in the implementation, analysis and utilization of the data from three tobacco control surveys (Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS); Global School Personnel Survey (GSPS); Global Health Professions Student Survey (GHPSS)). Based on the results of the pilot GHPSS, CDC contracted CPHA to conduct an environmental scan to determine the existence and content of formal training within faculties of medicine, nursing, pharmacology and dentistry in Canada and overseas. The study indicated a lack of formal training for health professions students, despite a perception by these students as behaviour change agents for tobacco control and a desire for expanded in-house training.
  • Stop Smoking: A Smoking Cessation Resource for Those Who Work with Women
    This new resource “Stop Smoking: A Smoking Cessation Resource for Those Who Work With Women” is presented in three sections. Section One sets the context about women and smoking, including information on the Stages of Change Model and the quitting process. Section Two is a facilitator’s guide for a group program that is presented in 11 sessions on topics such as self-esteem, healthy weights, triggers and support. Section Three offers one-on-one counseling techniques for health professionals, from brief to more extensive interventions. A wide variety of handouts is included.
  • Strengthening Global Tobacco Control
    In collaboration with the members of the CGTCF, CPHA is implementing a project to support the efforts of public health associations in Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Mozambique and Niger and other health sector organizations in several countries of Africa, Asia, and the Americas to strengthen local advocacy for ratification, implementation, and monitoring of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
  • Substance Use/Addictions Affiliate to the Canadian Health Network
    The Canadian Health Network (CHN) is a national, non-profit, bilingual web-based health information service. The CHN’s goal is to help Canadians find the information they’re looking for on how to stay healthy and prevent disease. CPHA is the Affiliate responsible for the CHN’s collections of Substance Use/Addictions web resources.