Youth tobacco use has suddenly increased in Canada. The rapid uptake of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices has reversed a trend of declining teen tobacco use in the country, to the point where public health officials are declaring the issue to be ‘alarming’.
Vaping products have now surpassed tobacco as the most common nicotine-containing products used by Canadian and PEI youth. In 2017:
30% of PEI students reported ‘ever trying’ an e-cigarette (up from 24% in 2015).
o Grades 7-9: 15% of students
o Grades 10-12: 44% of students
17% of PEI students reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days (up from 10% in 2015).
o Grades 7-9: 7% of students
o Grades 10-12: 26% of students