Vaping information in B.C.

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Youth support to quit or cut back

Need support related to vaping or substance use?

It’s not always easy to say “no thanks” or quit when your friends are vaping or using substances.

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Health info for youth

What are the facts about the health risks?

Your lungs provide the fuel your body needs to live: oxygen. They also make human speech possible. The health risks from vaping include the known – and the unknown.

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Talking to teens about vaping

To talk or not to talk?

One of the best things a parent or adult can do is to talk to kids about substance use, including vaping.

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Tools for schools

What resources are there for schools or other youth settings?

Schools and youth groups can make use of several credible resources, and the list is growing all the time.

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Health info for adults

What are the health risks for adults?

While vaping increases exposure to chemicals that could harm your health (e.g. cause lung damage), it also exposes you to nicotine, which is highly addictive.

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Vaping and quitting smoking

Does vaping help people quit cigarettes?

Youth who vape are at a greater risk for smoking cigarettes. Vaping products have not been validated as a way to help youth quit smoking, but some evidence shows e-cigarettes can help adults quit smoking.

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What is vaping?

Vapes, mods, e-cigs… what is it?

Vaping is the inhaling of an aerosol or vapour created by an electronic cigarette, vape pen, or personal vaporizer (known as “mods”). They are different from cigarettes in that they don’t burn (or combust) the inhaled substances.

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Vaping related illness

What is this illness?

There is a growing number of people in North America who have developed a severe form of lung distress from vaping and this condition has resulted in several deaths and a large number of hospitalizations.

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Laws and regulations

Are they legal? Where can I use them?

Vapour products are regulated in the same way as tobacco products. The legal age to buy vapour products in BC is 19.

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