It’s easy to understand how young people today are attracted to vaping says Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). The public health authority says trendy devices and enticing flavours like gummy bear and cotton candy make vaping sound like a good idea for many youth.
However, is it really safe?
VCH is concerned that the young e-cigarette users of today don’t know the risks of vaping, and could become the tobacco smokers of tomorrow. Their gateway product is the e-cigarette.
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“We’re seeing the classic signs of nicotine addiction in young people who vape; they can’t concentrate in school, they’re irritable, and they don’t recognize they are experiencing nicotine withdrawal,” says VCH Tobacco Reduction Coordinator Lindsay MacDonald.
May 31st marks World No Tobacco Day and it’s a good opportunity to find out more information about the effect of e-cigarettes.
Results of the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey found 21% of BC students had vaped with nicotine in the past month. Preliminary results from the International Tobacco Control, Youth Tobacco and Vaping Survey show an increase in the number of 16- to 19-year-olds who are vaping.
The Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CSTADS) from 2016-2017 found that 15% of students in grades 10-12 used a vaping product in the past month, up 64% from the previous year.
“The long term health effects of vaping are unknown,” says Dr. Dawar. “The chemicals in some products are not safe when inhaled.”
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