With trendy devices and enticing flavours like gummy bear and cotton candy, it's easy to understand why youth are attracted to vaping. Doctors are concerned young e-cigarette users don't know the risks of vaping, and could become the tobacco smokers of tomorrow. Their gateway product is the e-cigarette.
In BC, anyone over 19 years of age can purchase vaping products. There are many misconceptions and unknowns surrounding this topic. The long term health effects of vaping are not known. We do know that the chemicals in some products are not safe when inhaled. Anyone near someone vaping can also be affected by the vapour.
Vaping products, like vape pens and e-cigarettes, may contain:
- Volatile Organic Compounds (also found in gasoline)
- Carbonyls (also found in embalming liquid)
- Tiny particles (also found in wildfire smoke)
- Toxic heavy metals such as chromium, nickel and lead
- Flavours (e-juice)
- Alters brain development
- In youth, regular use of nicotine affects memory, concentration, and mood
- Increases stress and anxiety
- Increases heart rate and blood pressure
- Highly addictive
VCH, the BC Lung Association, and Fraser Health, have developed a Vaping Products Prevention Toolkit. The purpose of this toolkit is to raise awareness and increase the knowledge of educators, parents and healthcare providers on vaping products to help guide youth towards making an informed decision with respect to using vaping products.