Vaping is not new, but some people think it is a healthier option. The demographic for vaping is of the younger generation.
"It is mostly young people, but we've seen older folks too," says Dr. Ifeoma Achebe, the Central Zone Lead Medical Officer for Alberta Health Services.
One of the things that attract people to vaping is the flavouring and the thought that it is not as bad as cigarettes. "The thing with vaping is, it contains flavouring, nicotine and some other chemicals we don't even know."
Some of the adverse effects of vaping won't be seen right away but could be seen later on in life. "The chemicals can irritate not just the lungs, even the airway, so over time a person can have difficulties with breathing and lesions along your airway." Dr. Achabe states.
People that want to quit smoking and have tried to quit cold turkey, but have found that too difficult, will try the vape to help their addiction to cigarettes. This may not be the healthier option.
"Using vaping to quit smoking, is like replacing one addiction with the other one," says Dr. Achabe, "With vaping, you're not sure what you are inhaling."
Jan 20-26 is non-smoking week. It is extremely hard to quit smoking. If your friends and family are still fighting that battle, vaping may not be the answer, but there is help at www.albertaquits.ca