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 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.

E-cigarette Concerns

  • 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.
  • 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 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
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