A reality check on vaping

by | Apr 6, 2023 | Health and Wellness

Vaping in Canada is on the rise, but it’s an activity that is not without risks. There is growing evidence of its harmful effects on both oral and overall health.   

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by devices, such as e-cigarettes, vape pens, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and e-hookahs. Users may inhale nicotine or THC (a chemical in cannabis), which may be addictive and can have many adverse side effects, including lung damage, dry mouth, cavities, periodontal disease and oral cancer.    

Here are the facts:  

  1. A single vape pod may contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 cigarettes.   
  2. Nicotine-containing vaping products may alter youth brain development and can affect memory, concentration, judgement and mood.  
  3. Vaping may increase your risk of mouth sores, cavities and gum disease.  
  4. Other vaping dangers include explosions, burn injuries, unintentional poisoning, second-hand vapour and related lung injuries.  
  5. Coughing, shortness of breath and/or chest pain may be signs of vaping-related illness. 
  6. Vaping has not been approved by Health Canada as a method to quit smoking.   

You can speak with your dental hygienist to understand more about the oral and overall health risks associated with vaping. They can give you the information you need to make a choice that’s right for you.  

Find more information at dentalhygienecanada.ca/vaping

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