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Protecting children from cannabis

How to protect your children from cannabis

Children are at a greater health risk for cannabis use. Early and frequent cannabis use is associated with poorer health outcomes. The adolescent brain continues to develop until the mid 20s and cannabis use should be avoided completely before this time. Cannabis smoke may also be an asthma trigger and lead to worsening symptoms, as well as for other lung diseases.

What can second-hand cannabis smoke do?

Second-hand smoke from cannabis has many of the same cancer-causing chemicals as smoke from tobacco. A smoke-free environment is safest and healthiest. Don’t allow smoking in your home or around your child.

What can you do?

What you can do to protect your children from cannabis:

  • Do not smoke around children or pets.
  • Store all cannabis products in a locked area.
  • Make sure children cannot see or reach the locked area.
  • Keep cannabis in child-resistant packaging.
  • Change how you store cannabis as children get older.
  • Make sure your children can’t see or reach the locked cabinet or box.
  • Extra precautions must be taken to make sure any visiting youth under 19 don’t have access to cannabis products.