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Electronic Smoking Products

What are electronic smoking products?

Electronic smoking products include all products for the vaporization and administration of inhaled doses of nicotine including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, cigarillos and pipes, as well as cartridges of nicotine solutions and related products. The most common electronic smoking product is the e-cigarette. 

E-cigarettes are electronic devices that look like cigarettes, but do not contain tobacco. Instead, these cylindrical devices are made of stainless steel or plastic and consist of a battery, an atomizer and a cartridge that contains flavouring and sometimes nicotine in a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and water. The atomizer heats the liquid, turning it into a vapour, which is then inhaled by the user.

Are electronic smoking products safe?

The safety of electronic smoking products has not yet been proven. For this reason, these products are unauthorized by Health Canada. Likewise, the health risks associated with inhaling propylene glycol and other chemicals directly into the lungs, or through second-hand vapour is also not known.

While electronic smoking products may not contain tobacco, their cartridges often contain nicotine, which is a proven addictive substance.


What are electronic cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, are cylindrical devices made of stainless steel or plastic. E-cigarettes consist of a battery, an atomizer that heats the liquid and turns it into a vapour, and a cartridge that contains flavouring and sometimes nicotine in a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and water. The vapour is inhaled by the user. They are designed to look and feel like real cigarettes but do not contain tobacco.

Can electronic cigarettes help smokers quit smoking?

There is no definitive evidence to confirm that e-cigarettes are effective in helping people quit smoking.

Consult a physician or pharmacist about approved smoking cessation products that may work for you. Call the Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-363-5864 or visit their website at www.smokershelp.net or Health Canada.

 
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Updated Oct 5, 2015