Vapes are known as safer alternatives to smoking, but safe does not always mean harmless.
If you are an adult that currently smokes tobacco products, switching completely to vaping is a less damaging option than continuing to smoke. However, those who don’t already smoke, should not vape.
It is important to buy and use vaping products for both nicotine and cannabis from sources that are authorized in Canada. Modifying vaping products or using other substances that are not intended by the manufacturer can result in health and safety concerns, including serious lung damage. It is best to follow the manufacturing instructions for use and battery charging. Possible hyperlink to: Rules for selling tobacco and vapour products | ontario.ca
Vaping nicotine can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Vaping can expose you to chemicals that can be harmful to your health, including your airways and lungs. If you are vaping, choose products with less nicotine.
Short-term effects of vaping:
- throat irritation
Long-term effects of vaping nicotine:
- Addiction and/or dependence
- Can harm the adolescent brain
In teens, vaping nicotine can:
- Affect brain development, learning, memory, attention, concentration, and behaviour
- Worsen symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Lead to dependance, addiction, and transition to tobacco cigarettes, at a faster rate than adults due to the developing adolescent brain
Vaping-associated lung illness (VALI):
VALI is an acute respiratory illness characterized by lung damage following personal use of certain vaping products. VALI is not an infectious disease. VALI is a serious medical condition that may require hospitalization and may sometimes require admission to an intensive care unit and respiratory support. At present, it is unknown what the long-term health impacts are for individuals with VALI and for vaping in general. Ongoing public health surveillance and further research will help refine our understanding of this severe illness.
More research is necessary, but vaping has proven to lead to negative health effects, particularly for youth and pregnant women, both short and long-term.