Health Warnings Over Vaping

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Sarah Peddie

Health Canada have issued out a warning to everyone using e-cigarettes as they can cause a serious lung disease which has caused fatalities in the US this year.

Six people have died and around 500 people have fallen ill with a serious lung disease which has been linked back to vaping.

There have been no cases of the disease in Canada, but officials say that they are monitoring the situation closely.

Health experts say that this comes as a reminder that e-cigarettes are not harmless.

E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavourings and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol. Nicotine e-cigarettes were only legalised in Canada last year.

Health Canada has come up with a series of measures to reduce the number of young people using e-cigarettes as there was a 74% increase in young people vaping from 2017 to 2018. They plan to bring in advertising restrictions and health warnings on product labels. This, however, won’t take action for a few months, or even years.

As vaping products are quite new. Many still don’t know the risks they can have. However, there is a lot to suggest that vaping can cause serious health risks, especially to young people. 

Nicotine is highly addictive and young people are more vulnerable to damage as their brains are still developing. It can lead to permanent brain changes which can include addiction, changes in attention and learning, lowered impulse control and mood disorders.

Vaping products also link to heart and lung problems. It can cause lung inflammation and tissue damage. It can also affect the heart, vascular and blood pressure changes can lead to heart disease.

Vaping is believed to be less harmful than smoking but it is still not safe.

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