The results of a study by the Université de Sherbrooke of 19 Eastern Townships high schools suggests that nearly one out of two students have vaped at one point and one out of three do so regularly.
The study suggests also that the main motivation for students to engage in vaping is curiosity and that many don’t perceive occasional use as serious, with 65 per cent of respondents saying there is little risk involved with occasional use.
The authors of the study found also that most students who vape procure their products in specialty stores, even though the legal age for doing so is 18.
Mélissa Généreux, professor with the Université de Sherbrooke’s faculty of medicine, said the bottom line of the study is that more has to be done to inform young people of the risks of vaping and to more strictly regulate the practice. She said a campaign against vaping is needed in the same way one was for tobacco use.
Généreux oversaw the study, which saw 5,675 students in 19 schools complete a 35-question survey concerning their vaping habits.