How does vaping affect health?

There are several health risks relating to vaping, notably to lung and heart health. Other risks include the presence of nicotine, other harmful chemicals, exposure to second-hand aerosol, and device malfunctions.

What are the health effects of vaping?

The e-liquid in vaping products, which is vapourized and then inhaled, contains a variety of chemicals. The long-term risks of inhaling these chemicals are still being studied but research is starting to show negative effects on both lung and heart health.

 As investigations into vaping products and related lung illnesses continue, QuitNow recommends that you consider refraining from using vaping products.

Click on the sections below to learn more specific health effects. 

Risks of nicotine for children and youth

Young people are especially susceptible to the negative effects of nicotine, such as addiction, and to the effects of other chemicals found in vaping products. Nicotine is known to alter brain development and can affect memory and concentration in young people. Vaping can cause addiction to nicotine more easily in young people. It can also cause young people to start using tobacco and other drugs. 

Vaping products can also contain flavourings such as fruit or candy -based flavours, which are popular among children and youth and contain other harmful chemicals. Flavours can also make vaping products more appealing to young people.