What We Heard Report: Health Effects of Vaping End-of-Grant Workshop
Workshop report summary

On March 7-8, 2023, four Institutes at the CIHR (Cancer [ICR], Circulatory and Respiratory Health [ICRH], Human Development Child and Youth Health [IHDCYH], and Neurosciences Mental Health and Addiction [INMHA]), as well as the Canadian Cancer Society, with support from Health Canada hosted a workshop to review the findings of the Health Effects of Vaping research grants. These grants were created in 2020 in response to growing concerns regarding the unknown health effects of vaping and the rapid increase in vaping in Canada, particularly amongst youth.

In addition to presenting research findings from the vaping catalyst grant recipients, the workshop also heard from leading experts in the field, identified gaps in evidence, engaged people with lived and living experience (PWLLE) and discussed priorities for future research.

Note: Vaping is the common term applied to inhalation of aerosols generated through non-combustible delivery systems, such as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). These devices can be used to aerosolize nicotine, cannabis or other active agents commonly suspended in liquids. Cigarettes and “joints”, on the other hand, are combustible delivery methods of nicotine and cannabis to the lungs. In this report, we will use the term “vaping” to signify inhalation of aerosols produced by vaping/ENDS devices.

If you would like a copy of the full End-of-Grant Workshop report, please email: support-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Highlights of Research Findings

Figure: Effective Mobilization of Evidence into Practice

Effective Mobilization of Evidence into Practice
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This image is an illustration depicting discussions about effective mobilization of evidence into practice. At the top of the image, heading text reads “Effective mobilization of evidence into practice”. The word “into” is written in a lightbulb that is being carried by three figures. At the top left of the image, the names of the moderator and panelists are written: Sonia Johnson, Terry Dean, Manuel Arango, Rob Cunningham, and Lynda Belneaves.

Below the participants names, text reads “There are now half a million people who use vapes but don’t smoke.” Below this, there is an illustration of a person with a thought cloud at the top of their head. In the thought cloud, text reads “knowledge mobilization is a key strategy.” Below the thought bubble, text reads “essential to engage with government and individuals with lived experience.” To the right of this, text reads “understand peoples’ health literacy” with an arrow pointing upwards, away from this text. The arrow has text on it that reads “bridge the gap” and it points to an illustration of Canada’s Parliament building. Below the arrow, a series of three ascending check boxes is depicted with check marks in each one with a figure climbing the boxes.

Below the illustration of the Parliament building, text reads “youth ambassadors” and “utilize social media”. To the left of the Parliament illustration, text reads “putting lived experience at the centre helps our research resonate.” An arrow coming from the illustration of Parliament points at an illustration of a document that reads “influence policy change.” A ribbon comes from the “influence policy change” document and wraps around an illustration of a magnifying glass with text in it that reads “when informing policy” with an arrow pointing to text that reads “keep science at the forefront.” The ribbon has text on it that reads “understand the policy landscape.”

At the bottom of the image, below the ascending check marks, text reads “need clinical guidelines to move research”. A ribbon connects this to text that reads “medical authorization will help support cessation use” and another ribbon points to text that reads “controls would prevent usage by youth.”

To the right, there is an illustration of a prescription document with a speech bubble coming out of it that reads “prescriptions enable dialogue with clinicians.”

In the bottom right corner of the image, there is an illustration of three people holding a sign that reads “you’re making us sick!!!”. Above the sign, text reads “elevate youth voices!”

Footer of the image shows the logos of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Cancer Society - Health Effects of Vaping - End of Grant Workshop - March 7-8, 2023 - Live Graphic Recording by: Brittany Datchko - Fuselight creative

Priorities for Future Research

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