E-Cigarettes Concerning to Northern Health
Prince George, B.C. – Electronic cigarettes may be a valuable tool to help adults quit smoking, but Northern Health is concerned about the effect they are having on others.
“E-cigarettes are a rapidly emerging issue in our culture and society and they’re a product that’s been developed to replace tobacco basically,” says tobacco reduction lead Nancy Viney.
“And although they may help some people quit, there is concern about the effects of the vapour on your body when you’re using it and also the vapour that other people will be exposed to when you’re using them.”
She says in a sense the use of e-cigarettes is like turning back the clock.
“It’s the renormalization of tobacco. It brings the use of smoking back into society where we’ve made tremendous efforts to make our communities smoke-free.”
And then there’s the effects the unregulated products are having on kids (though she admits Northern Health doesn’t have accurate stats on how prevalent they are in the north).
“They’re being marketed to kids, they’re in flavours like cherry and watermelon. So what influence is that going to have on children? Are they going to start with e-cigarettes and move to tobacco?”