SOURCE: Heart and Stroke Foundation

Heart and Stroke Foundation

October 02, 2014 00:01 ET

The Heart and Stroke Foundation Calls for Research and Regulation of E-Cigarettes

Statement Cites Safety Concerns, Potential Impact on Youth Behaviour and Role as Potential Quit Aid

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - October 02, 2014) - The Heart and Stroke Foundation today released a statement on e-cigarettes highlighting health concerns and calling for more research on their potential benefits as a quit smoking tool.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated "vaping" devices which mimic the smoking experience using an inhalation and heating process that vapourizes an internal fluid. E-cigarettes are available with or without nicotine but those containing nicotine are not legally manufactured, sold or imported in Canada. Sales of these novelty devices are growing rapidly across Canada and the world.

There are safety concerns given the unknown health impacts of e-cigarettes including the effects of second-hand exposure. There is also potential for these devices to renormalize smoking behaviour across the population, particularly for youth, and to be a gateway to nicotine addiction, or promote use with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

"We have worked tirelessly over the past 50 years to reduce smoking rates and have seen great success, and want this to continue. We do not want e-cigarette use to make smoking appear as a normal, socially acceptable activity, especially for our youth," says Bobbe Wood, president, Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The statement calls for immediate Canadian policy solutions including banning e-cigarette use in public places; prohibiting sales to minors and where tobacco sales are banned; regulating advertising and promotion; actively enforcing the existing ban on the nicotine varieties; and funding research around potential cessation benefits.

Visit heartandstroke.ca/positionstatements for the statement.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation's mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen. heartandstroke.ca

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Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Stephanie Lawrence
    Heart and Stroke Foundation
    slawrence@hsf.ca
    613-569-4361 ext. 4022