Alcohol and Other Drugs
Programs and Services
Breathe Free (Quit 4 Life)
This quit smoking awareness program was developed by Health Canada for youth 12 to 18 years of age. The 6-10-week, 4 step group program is available to secondary school students in the KFL&A area and is designed to be delivered by an adult facilitator.
Drive for Life
This impaired driving prevention program for grade 11 students in the KFL&A area features four interactive stations addressing the consequences of alcohol use, strategies to avoid drinking and driving, and strategies to manage situations where alcohol is involved.
Racing Against Drugs
This event for grade 4 and 5 students focuses on drug-free messages and takes place every two years at KFL&A area schools. It is organized by Kingston Partners for a Safe Community, the RCMP, and KFL&A Public Health and is attended by more than 2,000 KFL&A area students. Students visit interactive pit stops presented by a variety of community partners. Pit stop messages relate to healthy lifestyles, drug-free living, tobacco-free living, and injury prevention.
Shock Factor
This annual conference for secondary school students from KFL&A area schools focuses on alcohol and drug use. Taking a page from the popular Fear Factor television show, the conference uses interactive and creative approaches to increase student awareness of the risks of drugs and alcohol.
Smoker’s Corner
This one-hour interactive seminar educates students about smoking by-laws, enforcement, and contraband tobacco. It helps students who are not ready to quit with coping strategies, social support, and information to consider when making a plan to quit smoking. For students who are ready to quit, the program provides them with the opportunity to sign up for Quit 4 Life, a smoking cessation program designed for secondary school students.
Steer Clear of Drugs
This event for grade 4 and 5 students focuses on drug-free messages and takes place every two years at KFL&A area schools. It is organized by Kingston Partners for a Safe Community, the RCMP, and KFL&A Public Health and is attended by more than 2,000 KFL&A area students. Students visit interactive pit stops presented by a variety of community partners. Pit stop messages relate to healthy lifestyles, drug-free living, tobacco-free living, and injury prevention.
Take Charge Community Leadership Grants
Community groups who engage youth are eligible to apply for a limited number of $500 grants through the Take Charge Community Leadership Grant program. The grant is designed to support youth-initiated, planned and coordinated public education campaigns and events that aim to improve awareness of youth health issues such as tobacco use/exposure, physical activity, injury prevention, healthy eating, substance and alcohol misuse, and mental health within the community. Each grant activity must involve youth aged 13-25 and an adult ally.

There are two grant periods each year- April to July and October to January. Community groups may apply for one or both of the grant periods. KFL&A Public Health’s youth engagement advisor is available to support and guide each group throughout the project.
Take Charge Secondary School Leadership Grants
This annual conference for secondary students from the KFL&A area focuses on leadership skills so that students can raise awareness about tobacco, alcohol and other drug use such as marijuana. Students will be able to receive a grant in order to create awareness campaigns designed for their own secondary school, elementary schools, or the community. Our goal is to assist youth in developing leadership skills while positively influencing their peers.
Teens Trashing Tobacco
This interactive workshop for grade 7 and 8 students in the KFL&A area focuses on tobacco use prevention and is matched to the Health and Physical Education curriculum (substance use, addictions and related behaviours). Students attend four interactive stations and learn the effects of tobacco advertising and marketing, addiction, hazards of using tobacco, and the numerous costs of tobacco use.
Find out more about each station by following the Teens Trashing Tobacco station information link in the Resource section below.
Contact Information
Alcohol and Drugs
School Health Program
613-549-1232 or
1-800-267-7875, ext. 1151

Living Well Phone Line
613-549-1232 or
1-800-267-7875, ext. 1180

Tobacco Information Line
613-549-1232 or
1-800-267-7875, ext. 1333
Send e-mail to Tobacco Information Line

Page last updated: 2012-Jul-06

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