What is Vaping?


Vaping is the act of inhaling a vapour produced by battery-operated device. They go by many names like:
  • E-cigs
  • Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)
  • Mods
  • Vapes
  • Vape pens
Vapes heat a liquid solution, known as e-liquid or e-juice. The heated e-liquid creates an aerosol that is breathed into the lungs. Consult our vape industry page for more info.

How Do Vapes Work?

 Vapes are generally made of stainless steel or plastic. They may look like cigarettes, but don't contain any tobacco. Whether disposable or rechargeable, they consist of several parts.
Breakdown of an e-cigarette
Mouthpiece: Air is sucked into the vape through the air intake chamber. This helps to create the vapour.
Cartridge/Tank: This part holds and contains nicotine, flavouring, and other chemicals.
Power Source: A rechargeable lithium battery. Sometimes charged with a USB cord.
Atomizer: A heating coil that heats up the e-liquid to a certain temperature.
Sensor: It registers when the vape is being used and activates the atomizer.

It's not harmful, right?

Vapes are being promoted as a safe alternative to smoking. Since vapes don't have tobacco in them, they aren't burnt like cigarettes. Vaping may be less harmful than cigarettes. Less harmful doesn't mean free of harm or safe! Did you know that 1 vape cartridge has the same amount of nicotine found in 20 cigarettes? There are still risks associated with using vapes. 


  • Is highly addictive and will harm the brain's development until age 25.
  • Once inhaled, it takes 10 seconds to hit the brain and release dopamine. Dopamine is the hormone responsible for feeling pleasure and happiness. This is how the process of addiction begins.
  • Nicotine causes changes in the brain that make life-long addiction much more likely. These changes alter brain development, which affects memory and concentration in teens.
  • Consistent use of vapes will cause the body to crave more nicotine. Vapes become a gateway to using tobacco products like cigarettes.
  • Nicotine use in youth is associated with mood disorders and mental health problems. e.g. depression, panic disorder, and personality disorders.

Vaping and the body

  • Vapes and e-liquid/cartridges are not regulated for consumer safety. There are no regulations to prevent manufactures from using harmful chemicals. Diacetyl is a flavouring agent used in some vapes. It's also known to cause irreversible lung damage.
  • Ear, eye, and throat irritation is common among persons who vape.
  • The use of vapes can lead to bloody sores inside the mouth and throat. These heal slowly.
  • Vapes may prevent the arteries from widening when blood flow increases. This has been linked to stroke, heart attack, or heart disease.
  • Vaping can lead to major respiratory problems with long term use, like chronic bronchitis, which is also known as "smoker's cough."
  • Nicotine may cause dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. Delivered in high doses, nicotine can be lethal. 
  • Ingesting or drinking e-liquids is harmful and can lead to death.

What’s with the vapour (aerosol)

  • The chemicals from e-juice enter the lungs unfiltered and leave a chemical residue.
  • Many people incorrectly believe that vapes produce a water vapour. In fact, they create aerosols that contain harmful chemicals and ultra-fine particles.

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