Are e-cigarettes safe?
Although e-cigarettes are perceived to be less harmful than conventional cigarettes, there are growing concerns about their possible adverse health effects, their potential to renormalize tobacco use, and increased uptake among youth. Ingredients
that have been found in e-cigarettes and their vapour include:
- nicotine (a highly addictive substance)
- carcinogenic compounds such as nitrosamines, carbonyl compounds, and volatile organic compounds (some levels similar to cigarettes)
- heavy metals
There has also been an increase in accidental poisonings and short-term eye and respiratory irritation with e-cigarette use. The potential harm associated with the long-term exposure to the second-hand vapour produced from e-cigarettes remains
E-cigarettes have not been approved as a smoking cessation aid by Health Canada. Those interested in quitting tobacco should speak to their health care providers, including dental hygienists, about safe and effective treatments and behavioural