Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, also known as vapour or e-cigarettes, are not approved in Canada. These products may cause health risks and have not been fully evaluated for safety and quality by Health Canada. There is no evidence that e-cigarettes are helpful in quitting smoking. For more information on e-cigarettes in Canada visit QuitNow – E-cigarettes or Caring for Kids – E-Cigarettes: A danger to children and youth.

The BC Smoking Cessation Program helps eligible B.C. residents who wish to stop smoking or using other tobacco products by helping with the cost of smoking cessation prescription drugs or nicotine replacement therapy products. For more information about the program, visit the BC Smoking Cessation Program. For additional support to help you quit smoking and remain smoke free, visit QuitNow.

For information about the health risks of smoking and second-hand smoke, tips for how to quit, and an overview of smoking cessation aids, see our Quit Smoking health feature.

Last Reviewed: December 2015

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