Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid solution creating a vapour that the user then inhales. The liquid solutions (also known as e-liquid or e-juice) are typically made up of propylene glycol or glycerin and flavouring agents and may or may not contain nicotine.
Using an e-cigarette is commonly referred to as vaping. A key difference between e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes is that e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and no combustion takes place when they are used. To learn more about electronic cigarettes please visit quitnow.ca

What do electronic cigarettes look like?

Examples of electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are a rapidly evolving line of products that can range in appearance from disposable one time use cig-a-like devices to highly modifiable systems with refillable tanks.

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To Vape or Not to Vape?

Are e-cigarettes safe for non-smokers? Can e-cigarettes help smokers quit regular cigarettes?

To help understand the answers to these questions, the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit has summarized the most current research in this new video:

Video produced by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU). More information about OTRU’s research on e-cigarettes can be found on their e-cigarette research page. Animation thanks to Dan DePeuter, Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

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Impacts

E-cigarettes have the potential for harm and benefit to the public’s health. It is important to consider their effects on specific populations, including youth, pregnant women, and adult smokers.

red dot To learn more about this complex issue see this fact sheet