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Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), including electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), mods, vape pens, vapes, e-hookahs, and JUUL (a brand of e-cigarette), are battery-operated devices that have a chamber filled with chemicals. The heat from the battery turns the chemicals into a vapour. The vapour is inhaled by the user (which is called “vaping”). The use of these products has exploded, particularly amongst youth. Want to know more about electronic cigarettes and their risks?

For all the information you will need go to myhealth.alberta.ca and search “electronic cigarettes and vaping products”.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

Some early research shows that using e-cigarettes may help some people quit smoking. But we still don’t know how helpful they are and more research is needed.

We do know:

  • the health risks are lower when you completely switch from smoking cigarettes to using e-cigarettes
  • switching from smoking to e-cigarettes will lower the amount of harmful chemicals that you have contact with

If you use e-cigarettes to quit smoking, it’s best to have a plan to quit using them at some point too.

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