Mayor Kenney said that the aim is to decrease teen vaping. To this effect, the first bill restricts the sales of vaping products to adults-only stores, requiring customers to be at least 18-years-old. The second bill restricts the sales of flavoured cigarillos, and the third, bans vaping on city property. The new regulations will be implemented in phases
Following the infamous cases of lung disease reported in the US, vaping bans are on the rise and spreading like wildfire. Meanwhile, the CDC has linked these cases to the consumption of illicit THC, purchased from street dealers or prepared by the consumers themselves at home.
The focus should be on smoking bans
Adjunct professor in the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa David Sweanor, who has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce cigarette smoking in Canada and around the world for the last 30 years, has explained why these bans can be counterproductive.
He points out that e-cigarettes offer a lot of potential as harm reduction tools, and yet, currently everyone seems to be forgetting who the real villains are. “It is like everyone has forgotten about smoking, which will kill over 100 Canadians today,” he said.
The anti-smoking expert explains that the current panic around vaping could undo the positive results that have been achieved thanks to vaping so far. “This is hugely counterproductive,” he said. “We have the potential to get rid of our leading cause of preventable death. What is killing people is the smoke, not the nicotine.”
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