FREDERICTON (GNB) – Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, is reminding New Brunswickers, especially young people, of the health risks associated with vaping.

“Vaping is not safe for young people or pregnant women,” said Russell. “I remind all New Brunswickers that vaping is not without risk and that the potential long-term effects of vaping remain unknown.”

People who use vaping products, including for cannabis, or have used vaping products in the past, should monitor themselves for symptoms of pulmonary illness such as coughing, shortness of breath and chest pains. Those with these symptoms should promptly seek medical attention and indicate to their health-care professional that they currently vape or have in the past.

In light of the confirmed case of vaping related illness in Quebec and other illnesses in Ontario and in the United States, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is working with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Provincial officials have reported two cases of severe pulmonary illness which have been classified as “probable” in relation to vaping.

“We have taken proactive steps here in New Brunswick to ensure efficient reporting by physicians,” said Russell. “I encourage physicians to remain on alert for potential cases, to report them to Public Health and to continue to collaborate as we maintain our surveillance efforts.”

Smokers of tobacco who are using vaping as a smoking cessation aid and are concerned about their health have other options. Free one-on-one advice is available to anyone living in New Brunswick. Call Go Smoke-Free at 1-866-366-3667, leave a message and a representative will call you back.