Vaping

There is a lot you need to know about vaping before you consider this as a smoking alternative. Read on to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are e-cigarettes safe?

The short answer is "no" e-cigarettes are not safe.

Given that e-cigarettes don’t produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the main toxins found in a tobacco cigarette, they’re likely safer than smoking a regular cigarette—but that doesn’t mean they’re harmless. 

Propylene glycol, one of the main ingredients in e-liquid, is a food preservative. We don’t know yet if vaporized propylene glycol or the other chemicals in the cartridges are safe to inhale. They may irritate the lungs and airways over time. We also don’t know if the chemicals added to give flavour are safe. We do know that heating vaping liquids creates other chemicals that may have harmful health effects.

Because chemicals in the cartridges vary, it’s hard to know what e-cigarette users and people nearby are breathing in. There are also risks using e-cigarettes in pregnancy, as we do know that the chemicals affect how a baby’s brain develops. This remains to be true throughout childhood. This means that children and teens are especially at risk when exposed to these products.

A recent study identified that adolescent e-cigarette users were exposed to cancer-causing organic chemicals when vaping. 

Health Canada warns of potential risk of pulmonary illness associated with vaping products

Dr. Andrew Pipe, a cardiovascular specialist at the Ottawa Heart Institute, presented to 1,400 health professionals across Canada in a webinar in January 2020. In his opinion, based on the current evidence, he would discourage vaping of any product. The webinar recording will be available in the near future.