Will British Columbia be the world’s second jurisdiction to require plain packaging of e-cigarettes?

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There may be a very important sleeper among the suite of measures to address youth vaping announced by the British Columbia government yesterday. One of the regulations introduced by minister of health Adrian Dix is a requirement that all vaping liquids be sold in plainish packages by mid-September. The regulation does not apply to packaging of the...

Five large Canadian public pension plans have said “no” to tobacco investments.

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For most Canadian workers, ten and a half cents on every pay-cheque dollar is deducted as a contribution to our national public pension program. Workers in Quebec contribute to the Quebec Pension Plan, and their contributions are invested by the Caisse de Dépot et placement du Québec (the Caisse). In all other provinces, workers must contribute...

Getting rid of the e-cigarette additives which make it easier for kids to get hooked

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One of the key accusations against JUUL made in the lawsuits that were discussed here last week  is how that manufacturer used nicotine salts to increase the amount of nicotine absorbed from its e-cigarettes. This blog and our recent fact sheet provide reasons to regulate the use of nicotine salts in e-cigarettes/vaping products. Nicotine salts are recognized as a...

Misinformation? Absolutely. That’s why we complained to the Competition Bureau

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For the past several weeks, Imperial Tobacco has been ramping up its “Facts not Fear” campaign. Their clear message — as shown in a display in a local Ottawa shopping mall — is that vaping products are not as harmful as health scientists are claiming. Well, we’ve been down this road before. In the 1950s...

Using consumer protection laws to strengthen tobacco control

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Last week two more U.S. states filed lawsuits against JUUL, alleging that the company has mislead consumers and asking their courts to do what their legislatures cannot — force the company to suspend certain deceptive marketing activities. This week, Canadian governments will be facing the tobacco industry in insolvency court as a result of their...

Weedless Wednesday 2020: The future of tobacco in Canada is on the table. Literally.

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For more than 40 years, Canadian smokers have been encouraged to see “Weedless Wednesday” as an opportunity to make a quit attempt, as Canadian health systems use the week around it (National Non Smoking Week) to focus efforts on helping communities abandon tobacco use. While in former decades this was a week of multiple announcements...

Response to Health Canada’s proposals to protect children from vaping promotions

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We welcome the steps taken today by Health Canada to restrict e-cigarette promotions as an important initial step towards the comprehensive measures that are needed to protect children from vaping. We are especially pleased to see the Hon. Patty Hajdu make these proposals so quickly after she assumed responsibilities as the federal Minister of Health....

The FDA’s ground rules for IQOS may have lessons for Canada

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Last month, Philip Morris began selling the heated tobacco IQOS devices and sticks in the United States. This is almost 3 years after they were marketed in Canada. The reason for the delay was that the US Food and Drug Administration would not permit the sale of this or any other new tobacco product until...

“The JUUL design seems like a play out of the tobacco industry’s playbook” – David Kessler, US FDA Commissioner 1990-1997

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Dr. Kessler, former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was talking to the media this week about the problems with the JUUL vaping product. He predicted that JUUL and other similarly designed vaping products are unlikely to be approved by the FDA. (After May 2020, the FDA will be reviewing each e-cigarette design to decide...

Alberta budget: “The government intends to implement a tax on vaping products.”

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Yesterday Alberta became the first province to say that it intends to put a tax on vaping products. The measure was announced in the province’s annual budget. What took so long? Why are other governments not taking action? By any number of criteria, health-oriented taxes and price controls are needed on vaping products, just as...

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