Vaping: what’s known about the lung disease racking the U.S., risks to you and what Health Canada is saying
2019-09-11 from theglobeandmail.com
At least six people in the U.S. have died and nearly 500 others have fallen ill with a serious lung disease tied to vaping products, prompting officials there to suggest people stop using e-cigarettes altogether.
No cases have been reported in Canada and officials say they are watching the situation closely. Many health experts say the lung-disease outbreak is a potent reminder that e-cigarettes are not harmless. But the big question that needs to be answered is just how harmful they are.
HOW THEY WORK
E-cigarettes are typically operated by a battery that heats a liquid, which produces an aerosol that can be inhaled into the lungs. Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes were legalized in Canada last year and now a number of e-cigarette brands are available, including Vype and Juul.
Juul is credited with creating a new generation of e-cigarettes that deliver a high concentration of nicotine without irritating the mouth or throat, a technology that other companies have also adopted.
Health Canada has proposed a series of regulatory measures to help reduce youth uptake, such as advertising restrictions and a health warning on product labels. But those changes won’t take effect for months, or even years.
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