Canadians concerned about number of youths vaping: poll

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Published March 10, 2020 at 1:45 am


Are you concerned about the number of youths vaping? If you are, you’re not alone.

According to a recent poll commissioned by Heart & Stroke, 80 per cent of Canadians are concerned with how many young people are vaping, and 89 per cent want the government to take action before the end of the year.

“We are facing a youth vaping crisis in Canada,” Andrew Pipe, board chair for Heart & Stroke, said in a news release.

“Industry has been targeting young people through aggressive marketing, enticing flavours, and attractive product design. One vape pod can deliver a phenomenal amount of nicotine—as much as an entire package of cigarettes,” he continued.

Additionally, according to the findings, 87 per cent of people believe vaping is harmful, 84 per cent believe it’s addictive, and 78 per cent are concerned about potential health impacts.

Further, 89 per cent believe the government must take action to prevent youths from vaping, 83 per cent are in favour of limiting nicotine concentrations, and 75 per cent support banning flavours.

According to the most recent available data, 20 per cent of students in grades seven through 12 vape.

Moreover, the number of youths vaping increased by 74 per cent in a single year.

Research suggests vaping can lead to cigarette use amount youths, and it’s been linked to respiratory injury and increased blood pressure.

As well, nicotine can be harmful and even damage developing brains.

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