Vaping Advisory

Summary of recent events:

In the United States, authorities are currently investigating cases of severe lung disease and deaths in patients reporting using e-cigarettes. Most of them had also vaped products containing THC (a compound found in cannabis), and some had vaped THC and nicotine.

The Quebec Health Ministry has recently confirmed a first case in Quebec of severe lung disease associated with vaping.

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, vape pens, etc.

Unlike cigarette smoking, vaping doesn’t require burning. 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).

What is being done in Canada and in the region about the situation?

Health Canada and the Quebec Health Ministry have issued advisories regarding the possible link between the acute lung disease cases observed and the use of vaping products. The NRBHSS is following the situation closely and is putting in place mechanisms to detect cases if a similar situation happens in Nunavik.

Health risks and recommendations linked to vaping:

Vaping is not without risk. The long-term health impacts of vaping are still unknown. Youth, pregnant women and non-smokers should abstain from vaping.

  • If you choose to vape, be careful:
  • Illegal products have more risks and should be avoided;
  • 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, look out for symptoms like cough, shortness of breath or chest pain. These symptoms could suggest a pulmonary illness linked to e-cigarette use. See a doctor quickly and be sure to indicate to them what you were vaping.

Links:

Safety alert – Health Canada – 28 September 2019:
https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2019/70919a-eng.php

Press release – Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux – 27 September 2019 :
https://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/salle-de-presse/communique-1927/