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
This Vaping Resource For SchoolsToolkit, prepared by education and health departments, is intended for school staff that are working to address the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products in schools. It outlines opportunities for action along with resources and information to help. There are resources specifically for parents within this resource.
Posted by Shirley Smedley-Jay on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.