Vaping may have been introduced as an alternative to smoking, but doctors and scientists are just starting to see the potential health risks involved with it. Not only that, but according to a new poll, not only do Canadians see vaping as unattractive, a majority support a temporary vape ban in Canada.
The poll, carried out by Research Co., surveyed 1000 Canadians across the country and asked them questions about vaping, including whether respondents had used a vaping product in the last 12 months.
According to the public polling, 50% of Canadians either strongly or moderately agreed with the statement, "I would not consider dating a person who used electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes (vaping)."
Broken down even further, 50% of both men and women polled agreed with the statement, with women tending to agree more strongly (34%) than men (28%).
In the same poll, 73% of Canadians surveyed agreed that there should be a temporary ban on vaping products in their provinces. The region with the most support for this statement was the Atlantic provinces, with 53% strongly agreeing and 24% moderately agreeing.
A statement from Health Canada said that as of November 12, there are currently "seven confirmed or probable cases of severe lung illness related to vaping." There have been two in Quebec, two in Nova Scotia, and three in British Columbia.
British Columbia recently announced that they will start putting a 20% tax on nicotine products, including vaping products, beginning on January 1, 2020.
In September 2019, a London, Ontario youth was diagnosed with a respiratory illness related to the use of vaping products. This was the first recorded instance of vaping illness in Canada.
Health Canada also issued their own warnings about the risks of vaping. They have urged Canadians not to take up the habit.
Considering that it might put a damper on your dating life, that's actually not a bad piece of advice.