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  • Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Flavoured vape ban could put stores in jeopardy, owner says

  • Vape store owners in Halifax Regional Municipality worry that an impending provincial ban of flavoured e-liquids for nicotine vaporizers will force them to close their businesses.

    Bill McEachern owns and operates The Cloud Factory in Dartmouth. He is one of the 65 vape shop owners in the province who will be affected by the ban. He said his employees are hoping for the best, but planning for the worst.

    “We’re just holding on to hope that it’s not set in stone. We’re trying to be more hopeful,” he said.

  • Monday, January 13, 2020
  • British Columbia’s Vaping Crackdown Could Set a Precedent for Other Countries

  • 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.

     

     

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
  • Tax hike makes it pricier to buy vape products in B.C.

  • If you vape, expect to pay more for your products at the register in B.C. 

    As of Jan.1, the provincial sales tax on vaping devices and substances jumped from seven to 20 per cent. The tax increase applies to e-cigarettes and vape pens, as well as the vapour pods and liquids that go in them and can contain nicotine or cannabis.

    The Ministry of Finance says British Columbia is the first province in Canada to introduce a specific tax rate related to vaping products.

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • E-cigarettes, opioid epidemic among top emerging health issues in Canada: report

  • Canada’s chief public health officer says rising rates of youth vaping represent an “emerging and serious health trend” and that more research is needed to understand the long-term health risks posed by e-cigarettes.

    Theresa Tam made the comments in her annual report on the state of public health in Canada, which was [...] sent to the new federal Health Minister, Patty Hajdu. In her report, Dr. Tam highlighted the fact e-cigarettes increase the risk of nicotine addiction, which can alter brain development in young people. [...] But because e-cigarettes are so new, the long-term health risks are not yet known.

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Clearing the air on the confusion around vaping in Canada

  • Given the recent announcement in Nova Scotia that flavoured vaping products will be banned as of next April, as well as the spate of vaping-related illnesses (largely in the United States), there’s no shortage of concern and confusion around vaporizers.

    Is vaping a safe way for lifelong smokers to get off cigarettes or does the technology represent a new health crisis? Will certain types of vaping be banned here in Ontario, too?

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • Targeting Kids | CBC Pushes Anti-Vape Agenda on Youth | RegWatch (Live)

  • In early December the CBC, which is Canada’s publicly funded national broadcaster, unleashed a barrage of news articles, and radio and television stories and interviews under a series titled “Vape Fail.”

    Based on CBC’s obvious and grossly one-sided reporting, it’s clear the Vape Fail series is intended to poison public perception of traditional nicotine vaping and to undermine public confidence in the public policy enacted by the Federal Liberal government and implemented by Health Canada when vaping became legal in 2018. [...] Dr. Mark Tyndall [...] joins RegWatch to discuss CBC’s Vape Fail campaign and much more.