Vaping devices are battery-operated and change a liquid chemical (e-juice) into a vapour that can be inhaled. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by a vaping product, such as an electronic cigarette.
The e-juice contains propylene glycol, flavouring and other additives that come in pods or refillable containers. This is not a product that contains tobacco. However, most of the e-juices have nicotine which is the addictive substance found in cigarettes.
- Vaping is not harmless and there are known risks
- Any product containing nicotine is addictive
- There's limited research on the safety and long term health effects. However, Health Canada has issued an alert warning of a potential risk of pulmonary illness.
- Vaping is not a proven quit smoking aid. Learn about quit smoking options.
Youth and vaping
In Niagara, 54 per cent of secondary school aged youth vaped at least once in their lifetime which is higher than tobacco use (Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, 2019).
Youth are especially susceptible to nicotine's negative effects, as it can interfere with brain development, which can affect things like memory and concentration. It's important for youth to know that vaping can be addictive and not just harmless water vapour.
Get more information on youth and vaping.
Learn about the dangers of e-cigarettes to children and youth.
Vaping and the law
The Smoke-free Ontario Act prohibits:
- Smoking tobacco and cannabis or use an electronic cigarette (vape) in public places
- The sale and supply of e-cigarettes to anyone under 19 years of age, including e-juice as well as all associated components
- Smoking or using an e-cigarette when a person under 16 is also in the motor vehicle
- Those under 19 years of age prohibited from entering a specialty vape shop
Quit vaping support
- Smokers Helpline: Text iQuit to 12345
- Quash Mobile App: Download free app (designed for 14-30 year olds)
- Health 811: Call 811 to speak to a Quit Care Coach