Sports stars unite against vaping
Maxence Parrot, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Kim Clavel are the new spokespersons for Brise l'illusion, a campaign of youth vaping awareness launched this Monday.
Several sports stars from here and elsewhere will join them to publish content or testimonials online to highlight the negative effects of vaping among young people. Their message: “Vaping IS NOT your game!”
A plague among teens
According to the Quebec government, nearly one-third of secondary 4 and 5 students vape. Studies also reveal that young people who vape have a 48% chance of developing asthma.
This phenomenon is worrying, because the use of electronic cigarettes has quintupled in six years.
“More and more young athletes are vaping and I find it important to talk about it,” says boxer Kim Clavel.
Same observation on the side of the double Olympic medalist in snowboard and cancer survivor Maxence Parrot. “I see more and more young people vaping in snowparks,” he remarks.
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According to the Director General of the Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health (CQTS), Annie Papageorgiou, it was therefore urgent that young people are informed of the risks of vaping and addiction.
“Some have difficulty concentrating in class and have difficulty finishing their courses without going out to vape. Others consume large amounts of nicotine until they experience intense physical symptoms (weakness, nausea, vomiting). Many also mention that we are more easily out of breath, which can undoubtedly be detrimental to sports practice,” she says.
Nick Suzuki of the Canadian, Samuel Piette of CF Montreal as well as Olympic athletes Katerine Savard, Karen Paquin, René Cournoyer and Marie-Ève Croteau.
Everything will be broadcast on the Web and on social networks. To find out more, you can consult the website Break the Illusion.