Dr. Erika Penz, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes promised a cleaner and safer nicotine delivery device to assist smokers to quit smoking and ultimately reduce the harm from smoking tobacco. However, what has evolved in practice is a product that is wildly popular among youth and young adults, a reactive approach to regulating these products and to date, minimal high quality evidence to suggest the effectiveness of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit smoking. This lecture will review how this ‘state of affairs’ has played out in Canada and discuss how research and policy can work together to minimize further harms to the Canadian population.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the vaping regulatory landscape and epidemiology of vaping in Canada;
  • Interpret the most recent data related to the role of e-cigarettes in smoking cessation; and
  • Discuss how research and policy can intersect to minimize harm for users of e-cigarettes.

CanMEDs Competencies Addressed
Health Advocate, Medical Expert, Scholar