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  • Friday, July 10, 2020
  • New National Regulations Restricting E-Cigarette Advertising a Critical Measure to Address Rising Rates of Youth Vaping

  • Today's announcement of new national regulations restricting e-cigarette advertising is a much-needed advancement that will reduce youth vaping and help protect youth from becoming addicted to nicotine. The Canadian Cancer Society applauds Minister of Health Patty Hajdu and the federal government for adopting these important regulations. The regulations include an extensive ban on e-cigarette advertising, with an exception for locations where youth do not have access. The regulations come into effect on August 7, 2020, although for certain retail locations the implementation date is September 6, 2020. Youth vaping in Canada has more than tripled in just four years. Data from the Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs survey found that (...)

  • Friday, July 10, 2020
  • Nova Scotia Nonsense

  • Canadian province Nova Scotia has published a ridiculous list of prohibitions on vaping products – criminalising most vapers in the process. It was celebrated in the media by calls for legislators to go even further. In Tax Information Bulletin 5111, notice is given of amendments to the Revenue Act and Revenue Act Regulations - Prohibitions on Vaping Products. As of 12:01 am, September 15, “there will be limitations on the possession, sale and transfer of Vaping Products.” The incredible list is as follows (...)

  • Thursday, July 09, 2020
  • Canada’s Former Health Minister Joins Juul’s Board of Directors

  • Juul CEO K.C. Crosthwaite announced the board appointment earlier this month. He pointed out that during her tenure as health minister, Ambrose played a part in efforts to introduce regulations with the aim of combating the marketing of flavoured vaping products and set in place a tax on cigarettes. In recent months, Juul has been incessantly accused by lawmakers, health entities and angry parents alike, of fueling the current alleged teen vaping “epidemic”. Since its merger with Big Tobacco company Altria, the manufacturer has understandably lost credibility as having harm reduction at heart, and also been on the receiving end of multiple lawsuits.

  • Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Nova Scotia strengthens vaping regulations to protect youth

  • Nova Scotia is strengthening regulations on the sale of vaping products to decrease youth vaping.

    The province will be the first in Atlantic Canada to introduce a tax on vaping products and among the first in the country to require sales permits.

    "We need to do everything we can to make sure vaping products do not appeal to younger Nova Scotians, particularly in light of concerning health consequences," Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey said in a news release. "We have been concerned about growing vaping rates among our youth and we are responding to keep our youth safe. We continue to be a leader in this area."

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020
  • Doctors urge Alberta government to do more to keep kids from vaping

  • A group of Alberta physicians is urging the provincial government to include additional measures in its pending legislation that would make vaping products less addictive and less attractive to children and youth. 

    The bill tabled earlier this month would prohibit minors from possessing, buying or using vaping products in Alberta, or risk a $100 fine. Federal law already prohibits stores from selling vaping products to youths.

    In a letter sent to Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro on Monday, the doctors argue that Bill 19 should go a lot further.

  • Monday, June 22, 2020
  • What do anesthesiologists need to know about vaping?

  • An estimated 4.6 million Canadians have tried vaping at least once.1 Media attention has focussed on the health risks of recreational vaping among teenagers and recent cases of lung injury caused by using illicit cannabis oil preparations in vaporizers.2 Some vapers are smokers who are using vaping as a more effective way to quit smoking.3 There has been little research on the interaction between vaping and anesthesia.4 Anesthesiologists need more information to guide the preoperative evaluation of patients who vape, manage a vaper on the day of surgery, and provide appropriate postoperative care for vapers.