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Learning About Vaping

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What is vaping?

Vaping is using a device to inhale vapour that may contain nicotine, flavourings, or chemicals from cannabis. The devices may also be called electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. They may look like pens or flash drives.

How do vapes work?

Vapes, or vaping devices, include a mouthpiece, a battery, a cartridge that holds a liquid or dry material, and a heating element. When you breathe in through the mouthpiece, it turns on the battery and heating element. The heat turns the liquid or dry material into vapour.

What are the safety concerns?

These are some things to consider about vaping.

It can cause a deadly lung injury.
The "vapour" made by vaping contains harmful chemicals. There have been cases of lung disease and death related to vaping. Many of these may be from vaping products with THC (a chemical in cannabis) or other additives. The flavours added to vaping products may also cause lung problems. The exact cause of lung damage is not known.
Vaping products often have nicotine, even if the packaging doesn't list it.
Nicotine is addictive. It can be hard to stop using it. Nicotine can be harmful to developing brains, such as in fetuses, children, and young adults. Youth and young adults are also more likely to get addicted to nicotine, compared to older adults. Liquid nicotine can be poisonous if swallowed or spilled on skin. Keep it out of children's reach.
Vaping can expose those around you to second-hand aerosol.
There is a concern about possible health risks from second-hand aerosol exposure.
Vaping devices can catch fire or explode.
Vaping devices can explode. This can cause burns or injuries.

Should you use vaping to 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.

E-cigarettes may not be safe.
Some people have had serious lung problems from vaping. And the long-term effects aren't known.
It's not approved as a quit-smoking aid.
Counselling, medicines, and nicotine replacement products such as patches or gums are preferred.
Some people end up using both.
This is called dual use. Some people choose to vape when they can't smoke. But they may still smoke cigarettes.

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