Vaping is inhaling an aerosol created by an electronic cigarette or other vaping device.
Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices. They have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings and chemicals. The liquid is heated into an aerosol, which the person inhales. Dried or liquid cannabis can also be vaped.
Risks of vaping
Health Canada has issued a warning for the public about the potential risk of pulmonary illness associated with vaping products following the recent cases in Canada and the U.S. The warning states that:
- Non-smokers, pregnant women and youth should not vape.
- If you do vape, avoid illegal or unregulated sources.
- For those who vape, monitor yourself for symptoms of pulmonary illness like cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. See medical attention immediately if you develop symptoms.
Vaping to help stop smoking
There isn't enough evidence to support the use of e-cigarettes as a stop smoking aid.
Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have not approved vaping devices and products to be used as a stop smoking aid.
Current recommendations for quitting smoking include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or prescription medications, along with behavioural support and counselling.
- Not an experiment – from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
- Health Canada's about vaping page
- The risks of vaping
- Information about vaping and quitting smoking
- Where you can't vape or smoke in Ontario and Peel
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