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  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Vape-driven "popcorn lung" leaves cannabis insurers quaking

  • When electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) first appeared in Canada a decade ago, many healthcare professionals expressed major concerns about their potential harmful effects. They called for strict regulation and more research to ensure that Canadians weren’t falling into a health hazard trap – but this did not materialize.

    Fast-forward to May 2018 and the federal government officially legalized e-cigarettes containing nicotine, and, in October 2019, the sale of cannabis-containing e-cigarettes was given the green light. [...]

  • Monday, December 09, 2019
  • WARREN: Canada has a vaping crisis and we need action

  • Last week, Nova Scotia became the first province in Canada to adopt a ban on flavoured vaping products, effective April 1, 2020. They will still allow the sale of vaping products that are either tobacco flavoured or without flavour.

    The week before, Ontario municipalities Brampton and Mississauga announced a ban on vaping in outdoor public spaces.

    Other cities and provinces are considering their bans and new rules.

    This hodgepodge of rules and limits across Canada will lead to massive confusion, a lack of enforcement, and, most importantly, a lack of protection for millions of our kids.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019
  • GOT IT WRONG | Pressure Mounts on Health Canada to Buckle on Vaping | RegWatch (Live)

  • By now it should be clear to all observers that politicians, public health officials, non-profit health groups and the national media are joined in common cause to force Health Canada into abject retreat on vaping. In this edition of RegWatch we are joined by David Sweanor, Ottawa lawyer, renowned tobacco-control policy expert and harm reduction advocate. We’ll dive into the issues and ask: What and who is driving this train towards total abstinence and what if anything could be done to stop it?

  • Friday, December 06, 2019
  • British Columbia’s vaping crackdown could offer a roadmap for the rest of the world

  • In Canada, the government of British Columbia is cracking down on vaping products. The plan is to reduce nicotine content, limit access to flavoured pods, mandate plain packaging with health warnings and raise the tax on vaping products to 20 per cent. The rationale is simple. E-cigarettes have exploded in popularity around the world in recent years, especially among teens. Between 2011 and 2018, the proportion of high school students in the United States that use e-cigarettes increased more than 10-fold to 20.8 per cent from 1.5 per cent.

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • N.S. to become first province to ban sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices

  • Nova Scotia says it will become the first province to make it illegal to sell flavoured e-cigarettes and juices, announcing Thursday a ban that will come into force on April 1.

    The province has worked hard to become a smoke-free culture and doesn't want to lose ground as the number of people vaping continues to grow, Health Minister Randy Delorey said in a news release.

    The particular concern is young people. Smoke Free Nova Scotia recently conducted a survey that showed 95 per cent of young people who vape in Nova Scotia said they prefer flavoured juices [...]

  • Wednesday, December 04, 2019
  • How vaping is undermining Canada's battle against cigarettes

  • Canada took a big step as a world leader in tobacco control when strict plain-and-standardized packaging rules for tobacco came into effect on Nov. 9. Unfortunately, and potentially tragically, we are falling far behind in another vital area of nicotine consumption and addiction – vaping.

    Other countries and jurisdictions are either already way ahead of us or will be soon.

    Canada's Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, which legalized vaping products with nicotine, was passed in May 2018, but the regulations put forth were not sufficient to protect youth from vaping.