What is vaping?
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Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by a vaping product, such as an electronic cigarette or a vape. With a vape, the battery-powered device heats a liquid (e-juice) solution to create an aerosol (vapor or cloud). The vapor which resembles smoke, is inhaled into the lungs. The e-juice inside the chamber usually contains a mix of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and a varying amount of nicotine. These devices come in many different shapes and sizes and may have removable parts (Health Canada, 2019).
At this point, vapes and their pods are not regulated. This means the items are not monitored for safety or health standards. What a company lists on their packaging may or may not be correct.
Vaping devices have many names, including:
- vape pens
- tank systems
- electronic cigarettes / e-cigarettes
- electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)
There are two types of vaping devices: open and closed. Open means the tank or reservoir can be refilled, while closed means the entire product or the part that holds the vaping substances cannot be refilled.
The following video outlines more information regarding the mechanics of vaping.