Vaping & Your Lungs
The Manitoba Lung Association on Vaping
A vape is a battery-powered device that heats a liquid called e-juice or e-liquid. Once the liquid is heated, it produces a vapour that is inhaled from the devices that are often referred to as e-cigarettes, vapes, mods, tank systems or e-hookahs.
- Vaping is legal
- Vaping is a lot less harmful than smoking
- Health Canada¹ says that replacing cigarette smoking entirely with a vaping product will significantly reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals?
For more info visit Health Canada’s website: canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/smoking-tobacco/vaping.html)
I don’t smoke, is it ok for me to start vaping?
The Lung Association and Health Canada DO NOT recommend vaping if you’re a non-smoker. Vaping can increase your exposure to some harmful substances that could negatively affect your health.
Because vaping hasn’t been around for a very long time, there aren’t many long-term studies on what the effects of vaping for a long time can do to your lungs or other parts of your body. Researchers are still evaluating the outcomes.
We do know for certain that vape liquid or e-juice often contains nicotine, and although nicotine is not known to cause cancer, it is highly addictive and can alter brain development in youth and adolescents.
What about second-hand vape clouds, are they as bad as second-hand smoke?
The health effects on non-vape users from second-hand vapour or clouds are still not fully known. However, given the low levels of chemicals in vapour compared to tobacco smoke, risks are expected to be much smaller.
If you vape, it is still important to respect other people’s right to breathe clean air and in many provinces, you aren’t permitted to vape in places where smoking is prohibited.
*It is extremely important to keep all vaping liquid or e-juice out of the reach of children and pets like you would with any dangerous medication. Some liquids contain enough nicotine to seriously harm a child or pet, and nicotine can be absorbed through the skin, by mouth or by inhaling it.*
- If you suspect a child or pet has been exposed to e-liquid or e-juice, call 911 or the Manitoba Poison Centre at 1-855-776-4766 or 1-855-7POISON.
Vape devices and batteries should be stored and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Charging devices with internal batteries using a rapid phone charger can compromise the device. Storing batteries improperly or using damaged batteries can cause injuries.
Never operate any vaping device if you are not familiar with its safety instructions.
For other questions call the Manitoba Lung Association at 204-774-5501 x 240 or send an email.