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Hospitals in Canada giving out ecigs to certain patients?

Discussion in 'Canada Forum' started by johnnytwofingers, Dec 18, 2012.

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  1. johnnytwofingers

    johnnytwofingers Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    Was talking to a guy outside a bar last night, he was smoking an analog and I had my eGo. He said that he'd had part of his foot amputated, and that the doctors said smoking was interfering with his circulation and healing of his foot, so they actually gave him an electronic cigarette, and someone even came by his house to show him how to use it.

    I asked him twice if it indicated there was nicotine in the juice, and he said yes, all ingredients were listed, and one of them was nicotine.

    Has anyone heard of this practice?
  2. darren molnar

    darren molnar Senior Member ECF Veteran

    I think (Edmonton's?) university hospital hands them out if needed. Great and progresive idea.
  3. chagrin

    chagrin Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
  4. rockymtnrobin

    rockymtnrobin Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 18, 2012
    That would be great if true. I worked at a private hospital and they went smoke free We had patients leave. That's just crazy!!
  5. Cobber

    Cobber Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jul 10, 2011
    Kingston Ontario
    I've spent the last 3 days in the ICU waiting room and I was vaping the whole time.

    A few people asked about them but none of the staff said anything
  6. varitablevoltage

    varitablevoltage Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 27, 2012
    And yet Health Canada still has a ban on nicotine in e-cigs.
  7. darren molnar

    darren molnar Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Thanks chagrin, that must be where I heard about it.
  8. DuaneNeveu

    DuaneNeveu Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Are they giving out Provaris? I think I'm suddenly not feeling very well...
  9. zztrydr

    zztrydr Full Member

    Aug 4, 2010
    Edmonton, AB
    this would be a great way of spending the health funds compared to allocating them for nic patches :p lots of smokers will quit for sure
  10. darren molnar

    darren molnar Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Hmmm, could be a great study for a med student working there. A study of how many smokers chose to quit cigs, and switch to ecigs, after being introdued to them during a hostpital stay. Esp. compared to a hospital that hands out patches. I bet it would be great fuel for our community.
  11. erictho

    erictho Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 2, 2011
    glad my thread was referenced. :)
    it was an awesome surprise. although that knowledge has spoiled me to a certain extent. each time my vaping is refused it's hard not to mutter under my breath "but the hospital lets me do it..."
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