Published on: 2019-09-11
Updated on: 2019-09-18
A young Ontarian might be the first Canadian patient suffering from a pulmonary illness cuased by vaping.
Read the article on ICI Radio-Canada.ca (in french).
Vaping-related lung illness
The health impacts of vaping are still unknown. As a result, Health Canada and the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) are warning the public—especially people who use vaping products—about the risks of severe lung illness or even death that may be linked to e-cigarette use.
In the United States, authorities are currently investigating cases of severe lung disease and deaths. Among those cases, all patients have reported using e-cigarettes. Most of them had also vaped products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and some had vaped THC and nicotine.
What is vaping?
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by a vaping product, such as e?cigarettes, vape boxes or tubes ("mods”), vapes, sub-ohms, vape pens, etc. Vaping doesn’t require burning the way cigarette smoking does. The device heats a liquid into a vapour, which then turns into an aerosol. This vapour can contain substances such as nicotine, flavourings and cannabis (THC or CBD).
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.
- Press release - Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) - Mise en garde relative au risque de maladie pulmonaire sévère associée au vapotage, 10 September 2019
- Press release - Health Canada - Health Canada warns of potential risk of pulmonary illness associated with vaping products, 4 September 2019