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.

Vaping devices can be used to inhale variety of substances that are usually in liquid form. The device consists of a mouthpiece, a battery, a cartridge for e-liquid or e-juice, and a heating component that is powered by a battery. The battery heats up the heating component, which turns the contents of the e-liquid into an aerosol that is inhaled.

What’s in the aerosol/vapour?

It’s not just a water vapour that the vape produces. The vapour produced can include harmful chemicals like carbonyls (found in embalming liquid), volatile organic compounds (found in gasoline), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (found in vehicle exhaust) and tiny particles (found in wildfire smoke). Beyond that, the metal heating component can release toxic heavy metals like chromium, nickel and lead, which are known to be cancer causing. 

Find out more

HealthLink BC: Vaping

Health Canada: Vaping