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Contents provided by: Community Health Promotion Services (CHPS) Child & Adolescent Addiction, Mental Health & Psychiatry Program

Electronic Smoking Products (ESP)

  • E-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookah, personal vaporizers, etc
  • Deliver nicotine and THC
  • ESP vaporize from liquid form
  • They can look like a cigarette, pen, USB or many other objects
  • “open: ESPs are refillable
  • “closed” ESPs use dispensable cartiridges
  • E-juice are flavored, have nicotine and liquids
  • Some known chemicals for flavouring – unlimited and unknown combinations
  • Private online sales are legal in Alberta

Health Risks

Impacts of Nicotine

  • Risk of Nicotine addiction
  • “Vape Tongue” – cannot taste
  • Risk of Cancer
  • Risk of Lung Disease
  • Weakened Immune system
  • Risk of Depression, Insomnia
  • Risk of Poisoning
  • Impacts memory and concentration
  • Can alter teen brain development
  • Reuce impulse control
  • Risk of cognitive and behavioral problems
  • May have device malfunction
  • Cause explosion/fire from batteries
  • Negative impact on pregnancy

How does nicotine work?

Canadian Statistics on Youth

Usage of ESPs


of Canadian youth had used in the past 30 days


with past 30 day use reported daily or almost daily use


with past 30 day use reported never having smoked a cigarette


perceive smoking on a regular basis to pose ‘great risk’


believe that using e-cigarettes with nicotine pose ‘great risk’


believe that using e-cigarettes without nicotine pose ‘great risk’

Source: Statistics Canada, 2018-2019

Current Law

The Tobacco, Smoking and Vaping Reduction Act(TSVRA) and regulation came into force on July 31, 2021

The TSVRA and regulation include enforceable restrictions on tobacco and vaping products to:

  • establish a minimum age (18 years and older) and government-issued photo identification requirements for purchasing, possessing and consuming tobacco and vaping products
  • restrict advertising, display and promotion of tobacco and vaping products in convenience stores and gas stations
  • align and expand where vaping and tobacco products cannot be used, including:
    1. hospital, school and childcare properties
    2. playgrounds, sports and playing fields
    3. skateboard and bicycle parks
    4. zoos, outdoor theatres
    5. public outdoor pools and splash pads
  • limit where vaping products cannot be sold to align with tobacco restrictions, including:
    1. health facilities
    2. public post-secondary institutions
    3. stores where pharmacies are located
    4. vending machines or temporary facilities

Fines for vaping violations in alignment with existing tobacco fines can be found here.

Talking with your teen – start the conversation!

  • Find the right moment
  • Be patient and ready to listen
  • Get support
  • Keep the conversation going
  • Stay informed
  • Useful resources to help talking to your teens

Resources – Alberta Health Services

All Alberta Health Services programs have access to free interpretation services in 240+ languages.

Alberta Adult Services


Access Mental Health


Treatment Services


AHS Youth Services


Alberta Quits

Helping you prepare to quit smoking

Vaping resources

On Government of Canada’s website

Health Link 811

24/7 Free health advice. Interpretation available in 240+ languages

My Health Alberta

To find information about any health condition or concerns.

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Disclaimer: This material is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified health professional. This material is intended for general information only and is provided on an “as is”, “where is” basis. Although reasonable efforts were made to confirm the accuracy of the information, Alberta Health Services does not make any representation or warranty, express, implied or statutory, as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, applicability or fitness for a particular purpose of such information. Alberta Health Services expressly disclaims all liability for the use of these materials, and for any claims, actions, demands or suits arising from such use. Last updated August 2022