Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by a battery-operated device that uses e-juice (also called e-liquid). E-juices are available in hundreds of fruit and candy flavours, and can also contain different levels of nicotine. Devices and e-juices are currently not standardized and are lacking in regulations.

Health Canada has declared that completely replacing cigarette smoking with a vaping product will reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. However, if you are not a smoker, vaping can increase your exposure to some harmful substances that could negatively affect your health.

Still curious about vaping? Consider the following:

Vaping isn’t harmless.

Vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, however less harmful doesn’t mean safe or harmless.

When e-juice is heated, it interacts with the device resulting in other chemicals and particles being produced and inhaled, damaging the lungs similar to cigarette smoke.

Propylene glycol and flavouring agents are generally safe for oral consumption. However, inhaling them into the lungs has been linked to serious lung disease.

Vaping is addictive.

The brain structure of developing adolescents makes them more vulnerable to long-lasting changes and addiction.

Vaping may expose you to nicotine which is highly addictive. Individuals who start vaping are 3 times more likely to start smoking cigarettes to reach the desired fix.

There are safety concerns regarding vaping devices and liquids.

Vaping devices can explode (it’s rare, but it has happened). Harmful health effects can also occur if e-juices are swallowed or have contact with eyes or skin. Product labelling and accuracy have also been called into question.

Unfortunately, currently there is very little oversight regarding these products. Please be aware that harmful chemicals could potentially be in e-juices.

For more information:

To Vape or Not to Vape (video)

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario