New ecigarette regulations went into effect in Ontario, Canada under the Making Healthier Choices Act. This new law, effective January 1st, has some components that make sense, e.g. ecigarette businesses cannot sell their products to anyone under the age of 19-years -old. At V2, we fully support a ban on minors using and buying vapor products in both the U.S. and Canada.
Unfortunately, the common sense ends there. The new also restricts ecigarette usage in non-smoking areas as well as private businesses. Banning new and returning customers from trying vapor products in private businesses like a vape shop creates a major problem for the entire industry. If customers cannot try different vaporizer and ecigarette products, many believe they will likely not buy them and revert back to tobacco.
Initially, the ban on vaping in private businesses received widespread support among the three political parties in a 99-1 vote. As of recently, Ontario politicians seem to agree that the ban on vaping in private businesses still needs to be reviewed. In the meantime, various Canadian media outlets, including CBC News, are reporting that the government is moving forward with the ban on selling vapor products to minors, but pausing the implementation of banning ecigarette usage in businesses and non-smoking areas.
While this is a temporary win for the vapor industry in Ontario, if eventually implemented, there could be dire economic and health consequences for local citizens.
In addition to these restrictions, the Making Healthier Choices Act bans vapor business owners from promoting or advertising their products and business to the public. Although a small percentage of Canadian politicians have voiced their support for electronic cigarettes as a smoke-free, alternative to tobacco, these new restrictions will undoubtedly make it hard for small vapor businesses to grow.
The vapor industry in Ontario seems to have many credible organizations and officials on its side, including province’s associate health minister. He recently called the ecigarette an “emerging technology” and said Ontario is being open-minded to the possibility that they can help many eliminate their daily tobacco habits.
David Sweanor, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and an expert on tobacco and nicotine, told the National Post last year that roughly 14,000 people die every day from causes related to tobacco smoking. In contrast, vapor products offer a tobacco-free alternative to ingesting nicotine that has proven to work for many former tobacco smokers.
Even last year, the Public Health England (PHE) published a report out of the U.K. identifying e-cigarettes as “95 percent healthier than tobacco cigarettes.” With so many sources offering positive insight into the benefits that e-cigarettes offer, many of us in the U.S. don’t understand why Canadian politicians aren’t passing more common sense legislation.
A non-profit pro-vapor organization called the Canadian Vaping Association has also argued that vaping is safer than smoking. They told one media outlet that an ecigarette offers “virtually no second-hand side effects, because vapor, not smoke, is emitted.”
We urge Canadian ecigarette enthusiasts, especially those living in Ontario, to contact your local elected officials and voice your support. If small businesses are not allowed to advertise their products or allow customers to use devices in vape shops, less adults will know and transition to the smoke-free lifestyle.
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