A new study led by University of Waterloo Professor, David Hammond, has found that vaping is on the rise among Canadian teens. Published May 4, 2020 in JAMA Pediatrics, the study showed that the numbers of Canadian youth, aged 16 – 19 years, who have ever tried vaping are up from 29.3% in 2017 to 40.6% in 2019. It also showed a 112% increase in youth vaping over a two-year period; from 8.4% in 2017 up to 17.8% in 2019.
Hammond’s study also measured youth vaping trends in the United States and England. The prevalence of vaping among American teens demonstrated a significant increase from 11.1% in 2017 up to 18.5% in 2019. Whereas, England saw a smaller increase, from 8.7% in 2017 up to 12.6% in 2019, and a lower youth vaping prevalence of 12.6% when compared with both Canada (17.8%) and the United States (18.5%).
England has reportedly greater e-cigarette advertising restrictions than either of the two North American countries in the study. As well, England and the European Union have a maximum allowable nicotine concentration of 20mg/ml which does not, as yet, exist in the US nor in Canada. The province of Nova Scotia will be the first to match the 20mg/ml nicotine cap that exists in the EU when its’ new regulations come into effect on September 1, 2020. Quebec, British Columbia and the federal government are also considering implementation of such a cap.