E-cigarettes and Vaping

An e-cigarette is a battery-operated device that changes a liquid chemical (e-juice) into a vapour that can be inhaled. People often call this vaping.

The e-juice contains propylene glycol, flavouring and other additives that come in a refillable container. This is not a product that contains tobacco, however, most of the e-juices have nicotine which is the addictive substance found in cigarettes.

E-cigarette Concerns

  • Any product containing nicotine is addictive
  • There is limited research on the safety and long term health effects
  • E-cigarettes are not a proven quit smoking aid. Learn about quit smoking options.

Youth and E-cigarettes

In Niagara, 25 per cent of secondary school aged youth used an e-cigarette in the past month which is higher than tobacco use (Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, 2015).

It is 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.

E-cigarettes and the Law

The Electronic Cigarettes Act bans the sale and supply of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19. To date, there is no provincial legislation that restricts where e-cigarettes can be used. It is encouraged that workplaces develop a policy to restrict use in the meantime.
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