Vaping should not be used to help youth quit smoking, Canadian Paediatric Society warns

By Ben Cousins, CTV News, with comments from Dr. Nicholas Chadi, April 14, 2021

Doctors should not suggest vaping to help youth and adolescents quit smoking, according to new guidance from Canadian pediatricians.

The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) recommended on Wednesday that vaping “should not be used as a smoking cessation or harm reduction strategy” in youth, saying that doctors should instead “assess their patient’s motivation to reduce or quit vaping” and come up with a plan to do so.

“Health care providers should address vaping with every adolescent they see, starting at 12 years old,” Dr. Nicholas Chadi, the lead author of the CPS statement and an adolescent medicine and addictions specialist at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal, said in a news release. “The earlier a youth begins using nicotine or cannabis, the greater their risk for developing a substance use disorder in the future.” Read more

More resources on vaping (English and French) including a tool for clinicians on the Canadian Paediatric Society webpage

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