Nova Scotia Lung Association raises concerns over number of youth using e-cigarettes

The Nova Scotia Lung Association says more must be done to raise awareness about possible risks associated with the rising use of e-cigarettes among youth.

The group's director of health initiatives, Mohammed Al-Hamdani, says more young people are being drawn to the product because it is tech-heavy, trendy and comes in appealing flavours.

He says the association has been inundated with calls from community groups and schools seeking advice on how to deal with the number of youth vaping and smoking e-cigarettes.

Teachers told Al-Hamdani's association that when asked, most students in their classes indicate they vape or have tried it.

Al-Hamdani says it's not yet known if there are long-term health effects associated with vaping, but that nicotine can be addictive and there are similar chemicals in the vaping juice that are found in cigarettes.

The association is also concerned that vaping will push youth towards smoking cigarettes.