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Positon Statement:

Electronic Cigarettes

April 2015

Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes) are battery-operated devices that mimic the use of conventional cigarettes. They do not contain tobacco and produce vapour (also referred to as aerosol) instead of smoke. A typical e-cigarette consists of a battery, a cartridge containing water, flavouring and sometimes nicotine in a base of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, and an atomizer that heats this liquid to produce the vapour. The act of using an e-cigarette is often referred to as “vaping”.  Other names for e-cigarettes include electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and vapour pens.

The Ontario Lung Association supports the passage of provincial legislation regulating the sale and use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

Click here to learn more about our support for legislation that regulates the sale and use of electronic cigarettes.