Youth vaping is on the rise

Vaping is advertised as a way to help adults STOP smoking. But it may encourage young people to START smoking.

Today in The Conversation Canada, researchers from the University of Calgary point to evidence that vaping can be a gateway to smoking.

“Preliminary survey data suggests that, for the first time in 30 years, the youth smoking rate has increased in Canada, with e-cigarettes being the suspected cause,” write Elliott M. Reichardt and Juliet R. Guichon.

Also in today’s edition, Stacey Wilson-Forsberg from Wilfrid Laurier University vividly describes the difficult journey made by Central American “migrant caravans.” She observed their daily life at the “frontera sur” – Mexico’s southern border.

And finally, we have a story about bridging the divide between arts and science. Anindya Sen from the University of Waterloo argues that education in both disciplines is the key to understanding Big Data trends.

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The evidence shows that vaping is creating a generation of nicotine-addicted youth, who start with e-cigarettes and move on to smoke tobacco products. (Unsplash/Andrew Haimerl)

Vaping is an urgent threat to public health

Elliott M. Reichardt, University of Calgary; Juliet R. Guichon, University of Calgary

Vaping devices were designed as a clean way of delivering nicotine, to help people stop smoking tobacco. Now, with gummy bear flavours and celebrity endorsements, they are a serious public health problem.

Central American migrants crossing Suchiate River on makeshift boats. (Iván Francisco Porraz)

Mexico’s frontera sur: Life carries on in this place of permanent mobility

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Wilfrid Laurier University; Iván Francisco Porraz Gómez, ECOSUR

As migrant caravans become commonplace, life goes on along the frontera sur where tumultuous Central America and the poorest part of Mexico meet.

Interdisciplinary programs can help to address Canada’s data deficit gap. Shutterstock

The art and science of analyzing Big Data

Anindya Sen, University of Waterloo

Canada's data deficit represents an absence of information; however, just as crucial is the deficit in the skills required to analyze collected data.


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