Health Canada says it’s safe to use tobacco products after a spate of reports of people who used a new class of e-cigarettes containing nicotine.
The agency says there are no immediate risks to the public.
But the agency warned that people can still get sick from inhaling the vapour.
Health Canada also said it would work with provinces and territories to better educate people about the dangers of inhaling nicotine-containing products.
The department has issued a warning for all Canadians.
Health Canada says the new product is being marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, but is not a substitute for them.
“Tobacco-related illnesses can be deadly, and there is no way to prevent them from occurring,” said Health Minister Rona Ambrose in a statement on Wednesday.
The warning came as the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police said the country is one of the few places in the world that has a smoking ban that is up to six months in effect.
More: A recent poll by Nanos Research found the average Canadian smokes about three packs a day, and that half of the population is currently vaping.
“The public needs to understand that they are not alone in their health concerns when it comes to electronic cigarettes,” said Dr. Sarah-Jayne Womack, chief executive of the Canadian Lung Association.
“They have the ability to switch from smoking to vaping.
They do not have to smoke to start vaping.”
The government says it has a tobacco plan that will include an electronic cigarette ban by 2025.