Vaping and E-cigarettes

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What is an e-cigarette?

  • Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that vaporise liquid in a cartridge. The liquid is known as e-liquid or vape juice. Users inhale the vapour.
  • Using an e-cigarette is usually called ‘vaping’. E-cigarettes are sometimes called ‘vapes’.
  • E-liquids are available in different strengths of nicotine, and also without nicotine. E-liquids with nicotine have not been approved by Health Canada to be imported, advertised, or sold.
  • E-liquids come in many different flavours.

Are there health risks from using e-cigarettes?

  • There are potential health risks linked with using e-cigarettes, but more research is needed. People who do not smoke should not start vaping.
  • Vaping e-liquid with nicotine puts users at risk of addiction. This risk could increase as vaping technology improves.
  • E-cigarette use by youth and young adults increases their risk of ever using tobacco cigarettes.
  • Some ingredients in e-liquid include propylene glycol and diacetyl. These can irritate the lungs. The health effects of inhaling them over the long-term are unknown.
  • The government does not control the production of e-cigarettes. This means that these products have not been fully checked for safety and quality by Health Canada.
  • E-cigarette vapour can contain formaldehyde and heavy metals like cadmium, nickel, zinc and lead.
  • Vapour released into the air can result in second-hand exposure to vapour compounds.
  • The most common side effects of using e-cigarettes are sore throat, dry cough, and headaches.

Can e-cigarettes help you quit smoking?

  • People who are trying to quit smoking should speak to their health care provider about options to help them quit.
  • E-cigarettes have less toxic substances than regular tobacco cigarettes. This means they are likely much less harmful. People who completely switch from smoking to vaping would reduce their exposure to these substances. However, there are still potential health risks with using e-cigarettes. We do not know the long-term effects of using these products.
  • In some conditions, people may find that e-cigarettes can help them quit smoking.
  • More research is needed on how e-cigarettes could be used as a quit smoking aid.

What does the law say about e-cigarettes?

  • In Ontario it is illegal to sell or supply e-cigarettes and component parts to anyone under 19 years old.
  • E-cigarettes with nicotine cannot legally be sold in Canada.
  • E-cigarettes that make a health claim (for example, that they can help you quit smoking) cannot legally be sold in Canada.

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