- Vaping is NOT harmless
Vaping has often been presented as a harmless alternative to smoking. This is inaccurate. While vaping may be a less harmful alternative, it is far from harmless. While long-term health effects of vaping are not yet known, we do know that it can cause coughing, worsening of asthma symptoms and yet-to-be-determined long-term health effects. Additionally, children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing the e-juice or absorbing it through skin. Vaping products can also explode and cause fires that may result in burns and injuries. The lithium-ion batteries in vaping devices can be dangerous; especially if they are not properly used, stored, carried or charged
- Vapes DO contain nicotine
Many e-juices do in fact contain nicotine. This is concerning because nicotine is a very addictive substance. This means that teens who begin vaping may become addicted to nicotine and take on smoking in addition to vaping, thus increasing the health risks.
- E-juice vapour is NOT just water
Despite some people believing that the vapour in vape pens is just water vapour and flavours, this is far from the truth. E-juice contains a number of chemicals that may seem harmless, but when heated create a toxic vapour. Some of the chemicals are the same the heavy metals found in lead-based paint, carbonyls found in embalming liquid, volatile organic compounds found in gasoline, chemicals found in car exhaust and tiny particles found in wildfire smoke.
- Vaping is NOT the only way to help you quit smoking
Many people have shared anecdotal evidence of vaping as a way of helping them quit smoking. However, the evidence to support vaping as a smoking cessation tool is still inconclusive. Vaping may provide a less harmful alternative but it still carries risk. The potential harms need to be considered before making a decision to vape. Those wanting to quit should try evidence-based methods (counseling, nicotine replacement products and prescription drugs) first and consult with a medical professional to determine the best approach to help them quit. The goal should be to quit both vaping and smoking. For more information visit https://www.lung.ca/lung-health/smoking-and-tobacco .
- There ARE flavours that appeal to kids
While there are flavours that mimic tobacco products, such as mint and tobacco flavours, there are also a host of others that appeal to a younger demographic. In fact, there are more than 7,000 flavours available. These include fruit and dessert flavours like mango, chocolate, cotton candy and thousands of others. It’s important to be aware of this appeal as inviting flavours are one of the reasons many youth begin vaping.
For more information about how you can quit vaping or help a loved one quit, visit www.lung.ca/vaping.