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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • As cannabis vaping set to become legal, public health experts urge strict control

  • Some Canadian doctors and public health experts say Canada should hit pause on this week's legalization of cannabis oils, given the nearly 1,300 cases of vaping-related lung injury in the U.S. due to an unknown cause.

    Cannabis vapes are among a series of new products — including edibles, extracts and topicals, like lotions — that officially become regulated on Oct. 17, 2019. [...]
    While doctors welcome the idea that the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, content in legalized products will be regulated, they are concerned about the health effects of vaping, which have yet to be well-researched and tested.

  • Monday, October 14, 2019
  • E-cigarette companies join forces to lobby against proposed vaping regulations

  • Some of the biggest e-cigarette companies in Canada have joined forces to create an industry association to lobby against proposed government regulations amid widening concerns over the health risks of vaping.

    The Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) officially launched last month. President Daniel David said the goal is to help ensure regulations prevent youth access while allowing companies to advertise their products to existing smokers and continue to use flavours adults enjoy.

  • Tuesday, October 08, 2019
  • Breakenridge: Moral panic over vaping could do more harm than good

  • Even if Alberta’s Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act wasn’t up for a scheduled review, one couldn’t fault the government for looking into whether any gaps exist or whether the law could be improved in any way.

    As it happens, the act does require that a review begins by Nov. 1, and the Alberta government intends on using the opportunity to examine whether we need new regulations to specifically address vaping products. Hopefully, they’ll take a cautious, considered approach to this issue as opposed to the knee-jerk overreaction some voices are calling for.

  • Friday, October 04, 2019
  • Vaping complicating efforts to get smokers to quit: expert

  • Dr. Rob Reid, deputy chief of prevention and rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, said vaping — used by many as a tool to attempt to quit smoking — can actually complicate things.

    A growing issue is that increasing numbers of smokers prefer to quit using e-cigarettes, he said, but the vast majority, in his experience, go on to smoke and vape at the same time, rather than quitting cigarettes entirely.

    “More people are attempting to quit (smoking) using vaping than all other combined (tools). [...]

  • Friday, October 04, 2019
  • Let’s clear the air: Vaping holds great promise for smokers

  • The outbreak of vaping-related lung disease among youth in the United States, along with a recent case in London, Ont., has sparked calls for new regulations designed to protect our youth from vaping. These calls have ranged from placing tighter restrictions on youth advertising all the way to banning the sales of e-cigarettes completely. Vaping among youth in Canada has increased dramatically in recent years. According to survey data, 20 per cent of youth have vaped in the past 30 days and some are daily users. [...]

  • Thursday, October 03, 2019

  • Smoking cigarettes has a well documented history of causing health problems, such as lung cancer, and respiratory diseases. But there isn’t the same level of knowledge about vaping, and recent news about illnesses and deaths have raised concerns about the health effects of vaping. 

    “These products will likely be at least 95 per cent less hazardous [than cigarettes] just based on what we know,” said David Sweanor, a Canadian lawyer and professor at the University of Ottawa who focuses on public health. “Cigarettes are just so incredibly deadly,” he added.