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Health Canada launches e-cigarette education campaign
Young people are smoking less than they used to; however, Timiskaming health department officials say e-cigarette use is on the rise
According to the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, approximately 15 per cent of Ontario youth reported vaping, with 80 per cent vaping nicotine, according to media reports released by the THU.
The release explains that while e-cigarette products were originally marketed for smoking cessation, their variety of appealing flavors, discreet design and ease of use have become widely popular among young people and non-smokers. Current research on whether e-cigarettes can help people overcome nicotine addiction is still inconclusive.

"Most e-cigarettes contain high levels of nicotine. The long-term effects of e-cigarettes are unknown, but we do know that nicotine addiction is real. Nicotine use during teenage years can have harmful effects on the teen brain, and the teen brain It doesn’t develop until about age 25,” said Dr. Glenn Corneil, acting health officer for the Timiskaming Health Department.
"Nicotine use during adolescence can have negative effects on the parts of the brain responsible for learning, memory, focus and concentration. It can also worsen symptoms of depression and anxiety, reduce impulse control, and lead to behavioral problems," he added.

Just in time for back-to-school, the Timiskaming Health Department has launched a Clean Air campaign to educate teens and parents about the risks and consequences of vaping and provide support for those who want to quit smoking.

It is illegal to vape in school grounds or within 20 meters of school grounds. This can result in a school suspension, a $305 fine, and possible court citations, which means more time away from school for students and parents/guardians to work.
The fine for providing an e-cigarette or tobacco product to a person under 19 is $490. The Timiskaming Health Department is actively working with local school boards on a phased implementation to help keep school environments smoke and vaping free.

When asked, young people said they had no idea e-cigarettes were harmful or that they contained nicotine and other toxic ingredients. It's time to clear up the misunderstanding! We encourage parents, teachers, and other caring adults to have conversations with the young people in your life. Sharing the risks and consequences of vaping can help teens make informed decisions about their health.

Health unit launches vaping education campaign