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Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent webinar “E-Cigarette Vaping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. The webinar and presentation deck is now available to view. Check our Webinar Archives page for links and more information. .
Using Ontario Tobacco Survey data (a representative sample of Ontario adults) linked with health administrative data from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, we found a significant interaction effect between age and smoking status on direct healthcare costs. Current smokers cost the healthcare system much more than never and former smokers after the age of 70. Findings from this study suggest that quitting, even at advanced ages, can help reduce healthcare costs.
As part of the Health System Research Fund, OTRU’s Research on E-Cigarettes and Waterpipe (RECIG-WP) grant has established a Youth and Young Adult Panel Study to help understand what happens over time to young people who vape. In March 2018, 1049 Canadian youth and young adults were recruited from social media and a recontact list from the Leave the Pack Behind initiative. Study participants are being contacted over eighteen months. By design, almost 60% of respondents were regular vapers (those vaping at least weekly in the past four weeks); 26% were non-regular vapers and 17% were never vapers. At baseline, 88% of Canadian youth and young adults reported social exposure to vaping in the past 7 days, with regular vapers more frequently exposed than non-regular vapers. Regular vapers were also more likely to be current cigarette smokers, and use cannabis, alcohol and waterpipe. Longitudinal data will soon begin to provide a picture of how regular and non-regular young vapers progress over time
E-cigarettes are now being aggressively marketed at point-of-sale in convenience stores as well as in vape shops, with and without claims about health effects and about smoking cessation effectiveness. Our research suggests that e-cigarettes are being promoted in such a way as to attract youth and young adult nonsmokers and that vape shops serve as a major channel of the marketing and promotion of e-cigarettes for recreational purposes. Considering the addictive properties of nicotine and the potential health effects of vaping, it will be important to study the effects of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act on the use of e-cigarettes by nonsmokers.
Our module on e-cigarettes complements existing modules in the OTRU online course, Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice. The module outlines what is currently known about vaping and vaping devices, with details describing product characteristics, regulation, health effects and secondhand exposure. Given the recent expansion of vaping products, this information is critical for public health professionals, policymakers and cessation practitioners.
More information about OTRU’s research on e-cigarettes can be found on our e-cigarette research page. You many also be interested in our review in N&TR. Malas M, van der Tempel J, Schwartz R, Minichiello A, Lightfoot C, Noormohamed A, et al. (2016). Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: A systematic review. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(10), 1926-1936.
Animation thanks to Dan DePeuter, Thunder Bay District Health Unit.