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Vaping is using a battery-powered device to inhale liquid nicotine or other substances. The devices can look like everyday items such as pens, cigarettes, or USB flash drives.
Instead of tobacco, they use a blend of liquid nicotine, flavours, and other chemicals. This is called vaping liquid. It comes in different nicotine strengths. THC can also be used. THC is a chemical in cannabis (marijuana).
Vapes are also called:
Vapes make an aerosol cloud by heating vaping liquid or THC. You breathe in through the mouthpiece. This turns on the battery, which powers the heating element. This turns vaping liquid or THC into tiny particles suspended in gas, called an aerosol.
More research is needed before experts can tell if vaping is safe. The long-term health effects aren't known. Here's what experts are learning about vaping.
More research is needed to know how well vaping works to help people stop smoking. Some people try to quit smoking by reducing the amount of nicotine they vape. They do this slowly over time. If you're thinking of using vaping to help you stop smoking, talk to your doctor first. Here are some other things to think about.
If you are vaping to quit smoking, it’s best to have a plan to also quit vaping. Talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit smoking or vaping. This may include:
Over-the-counter products and prescription medicines to help you stop smoking are safe. Research shows they can help people stop smoking and using tobacco products, or use them less.
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Adaptation Date: 3/1/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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