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Canadians under 25 are much more likely to use e-cigarettes: StatCan

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Fifteen per cent of people aged 15 to 19 reported having vaped in the preceding 30 days; 36 per cent of them said they’d tried vaping at some point in their lives, according to a Statistics Canada report. Among Canadians between 20 and 24, 15 per cent had also vaped in the last 30 days, and 48 per cent had ever tried it. The percentage of recent vapers dropped to less than three per cent among adults 25 and older; 12 per cent in that age group had ever vaped. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The study, conducted in 2019, reaffirms an increase in youth vaping in the past few years. A 2017 study from the University of Waterloo found that 8.4 per cent of Canadians aged 16 to 19 had tried vaping that year; by 2018, 14.6 per cent of people in that demographic had vaped. Though U.K. medical authorities are more bullish on vaping’s potential as a smoking deterrent for adults, North American lawmakers have started cracking down on e-cigarette companies, especially on marketing to young people. That’s included bans on flavoured vaping products, which tend to appeal more to teens. As more evidence emerges on the prevalence of vaping among young people, e-cigarette companies are under pressure to retool their business models. The Logic reported last month that industry leader Juul has applied for a patent on technology it claims can help wean users off nicotine, and the firm has said it plans to add a feature to its devices that would lock out U.S. users under the age of 21.