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Get The Facts

Summary:

  • The Canadian Government is planning to restrict the use of flavourings added to liquid to "protect young Canadians from nicotine addiction and tobacco use." [1]
  • Teen smoking rates have been declining dramatically over the past decade, with only seven per cent of teens aged 15-17 currently smoking regularly, down from 18 per cent in 2001. Public Health England concluded that “regular use by children is rare and almost entirely confined to those who have already used tobacco.” [2]
  • Overly broad legislation such as Bill S-5, negatively impact citizens’ individual freedoms, including the Charter-protected right to make healthier decisions about one’s own body.
  • Electronic Cigarettes have already been shown to be at least 95% less harmful than tobacco and not a gateway to tobacco use in young people - conducted by a UK Government study[3].
    Which summarizes:
    • "the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking"
    • "nearly half the (UK) population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking"
    • "there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers"


What's Happening

In November 2016 the Canadian Government came out with a proposal that will essentially restrict vaping products in the same way tobacco products are restricted. The new proposed legislation aims to; "to protect young Canadians from nicotine addiction and tobacco use. At the same time, it introduces an approach to vaping products that considers their potential benefits to smokers."

The new proposal also suggests creating rules on how vaping products are displayed. We need to ensure that the new proposed changes allows the continued proper display of products for customer education.

There is also a possibility that you will no longer be able to use online shopping to buy products. This will restrict access to some of your favourite e liquid brands and vaporizer products.

The Canadian Government is currently looking for public feedback on this proposal. If Vaping has helped you or a family member/friend reduce or quit tobacco, it is imperative that you implore the Canadian Government that they should create smart legislation (as done in other regions within Canada; see Calgary, AB [4]) that exempts Vendors from the proposed changes. This exemption is crucial to the continued success of the electronic cigarette industry in Canada. We need as many voices as possible, so that the Canadian Government continues to support rather than hinder attempts to use vaping as a tool to quit or reduce tobacco use. This why is it important to have your say.


How Can I Help?

Now is your time to tell your story. By submitting the form above, your comments will be directly e-mailed to the committee responsible for these changes. You will also be added to the list of supporters who are against the proposed legislation changes. This why is it important to have your say before time runs out.


Have Your Say

[1] - http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1158489
[2] - http://theccf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Vaping-Report-digital.pdf
[3] - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-cigarettes-around-95-less-harmful-than-tobacco-estimates-landmark-review
[4] - http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/council-passes-e-cigarette-bylaw-exempts-vape-stores

Have Your Say

If you live in Canada and you or a family member/friend have or currently use an electronic cigarette (vaporizer) to help reduce or quit tobacco use. The Canadian Government is asking for public input. Make sure you Get The Facts first before composing your message. It is always better to show up in person, or make a phone call to your elected official. Click here to find your representatives and their contact details.






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