Federal health officials in Canada issued an advisory on Thursday warning of the dangers of vaping after a string of serious lung illnesses and two deaths in the United States. In the advisory from Health Canada, consumers were warned that vaping should not be considered a safe alternative to smoking.
“Vaping is not without risk, and the potential long-term effects of vaping remain unknown,” the statement reads. “Non-smokers, people who are pregnant and young people should not vape.”
Canadians were advised not to use vape products bought on the street and not to alter cannabis or nicotine electronic cigarette devices. Although Canada legalized the recreational use and sale of cannabis last year, cannabis concentrates are not yet legal and won’t be available in the country until December.
Thursday’s advisory also requested that health care workers in Canada ask patients experiencing respiratory distress if they have been vaping or using e-cigarettes.
More Than 350 Cases of ‘Vape Lung’ in the US
In recent weeks more than 350 Americans have experienced severe lung problems after using vaping products. Two patients, one in Oregon and one in Illinois, have died after being hospitalized for severe respiratory failure.
Patients affected by ‘vape lung,’ as