Across Chatham-Kent, several retailers have been selling a variety of “electronic cigarettes”, also known as “E-cigarettes”. Depending on the manufacturer, these products advertise a number of features and “benefits” compared to regular tobacco products. “E-cigarettes” are being promoted as a safe alternative to tobacco and as an effective way to help you quit smoking. Health Canada however, is advising Canadians:
“Not to purchase or use electronic smoking products, as these products may pose health risks and have not been fully evaluated for safety, quality and efficacy by Health Canada”.
If Chatham-Kent residents are interested in supports to assist them in quitting smoking, the following products have been authorized by Health Canada:
- Nicotine patches
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine lozenges
- Nicotine inhalers
- Zyban (Bupropion)
- Champix (Verenicline)
If you are interested in quitting smoking please speak with your health care provider as some quit smoking aids may require a prescription. If you have further questions about E-cigarettes or are looking for support in quitting smoking please contact Smoker’s Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 or CK Public Health at 519-352-7270 for more information.