Twice as many Burnaby youth vaping nicotine as smoking cigarettes: survey

More than twice as many local students are vaping nicotine as smoking cigarettes – and the Burnaby school district wants to educate them and their parents about the possible consequences.

All this week, local high schools will host Health Canada’s Consider the Consequences Tour, an interactive learning event aimed at informing youth between the ages of 13 and 18 about harms and risks related to vaping.

Thirteen per cent of Burnaby students who filled out the McCreary Centre Society’s latest B.C. Adolescent Health Survey said they had vaped nicotine within one month of the survey; six per cent said they had smoked a cigarette.

Since the comprehensive youth health survey, which is done every five years, has never included vaping questions before, the results can’t show whether the activity is up or down, but Sue Dorey, managing director of safe and caring schools in Burnaby, says, “anecdotally,”

“We have emerging issues, not just in Burnaby but everywhere, and we’re trying to get ahead of it,” she said.

Burnaby’s vaping numbers in the survey are actually lower than the provincial results, which showed 21 per cent of the youths had vaped within one month of the survey.


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