What is vaping?
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling vapour through the
mouth. These vapours are
produced by vaping devices such as electronic nicotine delivery
electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vapes. In general,
vaping devices such as
e-cigarettes consist of a mouthpiece, a cartridge containing the
“e-juice,” a heating element, and a battery. The e-liquid, made
up of propylene glycol,
glycerin, flavours, and nicotine (usually), vaporizes upon
heating and then condenses
into an aerosol, which is then inhaled orally by the user.
Vaping in Canada
According to the 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Survey
(CTADS), the prevalence of
e-cigarette use is rising. In 2017, 15.4% of Canadians
(approximately 4.6 million
people) ages 15 and older reported having ever tried an
e-cigarette; 2.9% (approximately
863,000) reported using one in the past 30 days; and 1.0%
reported daily use. The usage of e-cigarettes is most prevalent
among younger age
groups: 22.8% of youth ages 15 to 19 and 29.3% of young adults
ages 20 to 24.