For 1st time, Statistics Canada has collected detailed information about vaping

More than one-third of teenagers 15 to 19 have tried vaping at some point in their lives, according to a new report from Statistics Canada, the first of its kind to provide detailed information about vaping.

The Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey, based on data collected from 8,600 people in November and December 2019, found that 36 per cent of teens in that age bracket had tried vaping, and 15 per cent reported doing so in the past 30 days.

“The new data reinforces the trend that we’ve been seeing over the last short while, which is that we have a youth vaping crisis,” said Sarah Butson, public policy analyst for The Lung Association.

“It demonstrates to us that vaping is in the hands of exactly the folks we are trying to protect and really emphasizes that we need to do more.”

She said The Lung Association has been calling for stricter regulation of vaping products, including a wholesale ban on flavours, “which are an incredibly powerful marketing tool for young people.”

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Brandie Weikle – CBC News – March 9, 2020.

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