Québec’s ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) has confirmed the province’s first case of severe pulmonary illness linked to vaping. The MSSS would like to remind the public that vaping is not risk-free and its long-term effects are not yet known.
Young people, pregnant women and non-smokers should refrain from using electronic cigarettes, as is the case for tobacco products.
Users who choose to vape should do the following:
- Watch for symptoms of lung disease, such as cough, shortness of breath or chest pain.
- See a doctor quickly, if needed.
Health facilities have been asked to be vigilant; in addition, a process for reporting cases of severe vaping-related pulmonary illness is being implemented.
A reporting system has been set up by Montréal’s regional public health department,an advisory published to warn the public about the risks of vaping, and an alert issued asking health professionals to be vigilant.
“Following the confirmation of this first case in Québec, we need to reiterate the importance of remaining vigilant. People with health concerns should tell their healthcare professional if they vape or have ever vaped, as well as which devices and substances they have used. Every case is taken seriously and the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux is closely monitoring the situation in the province.” Horacio Arruda, provincial director of public health
Dr. Arruda also wishes to remind people who don’t smoke or vape—especially young people—not to start.
Recommendations and health risks linked to vaping
If you choose to vape, be watchful.
- Vaping is not without risk. Illegal products come with additional risks.
- Don’t modify vaping products or add any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer.
- If you use or have ever used vaping products, monitor yourself for symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or chest pain. These symptoms could suggest a pulmonary illness linked to e-cigarette use. See a doctor promptly and be sure to indicate what you were vaping.
Smoking cessation support programs and products are available and should be prioritized when a person wants to quit smoking.
- Media release - Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) - Un premier cas au Québec de maladie pulmonaire sévère associée au vapotage (in french)
- Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal
- To see the advisory about the risks of severe vaping-related pulmonary illness: www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/professionnels/tabagisme/produits-du-tabac-et-cigarette-electronique/documents-et-publications (in french)
- Information campaign Vaping is a trap. Avoid the trap information campaign