Banning menthol and other flavourings in cigarettes

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“Menthol use is likely associated with increased smoking initiation by youth and young adults. Further, the data indicate that menthol in cigarettes is likely associated with greater addiction. Menthol smokers show greater signs of nicotine dependence and are less likely to successfully quit smoking. These findings, combined with the evidence indicating that menthol’s cooling and...

Nova Scotia and Ontario move to curb high-nicotine vaping products

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While the world and public health systems have been gripped with managing COVID-19, a number of regulatory changes have nonetheless been put in place with respect to vaping products. This post provides an update on some noteworthy Canadian policy decisions in 2020. Dialing down the nicotine: Last Tuesday, Nova Scotia adopted regulations “to add restrictions respecting nicotine potency...

New vaping promotions expose challenges to regulators.

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Over the past couple of weeks, BAT (owner of Nicoventures and Imperial Tobacco Canada) has launched new promotions in Canada for its vaping products. This campaign is part of a global re-branding initiative the company shared with investors in March. This campaign can be seen as a test run of the federal government’s plans for...

Taxing Vaping Products

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E-cigarette taxes: A global snapshot Earlier this month, we reported on taxes on cigarettes in Canada, and also on heat-not-burn tobacco sticks.* This post reviews Canadian tax measures on e-cigarettes (vaping products), and compares with those in other jurisdictions. Vaping taxes in Canada: Currently, the federal government does not impose taxes on e-cigarettes, other than the GST...

Heat-not-burn cigarettes are much cheaper than regular cigarettes

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Heat-not-burn (HNB) tobacco products may look like short cigarettes, but they function in a very different way. In cigarettes, it is fire (combustion) that releases the nicotine from the tobacco leaf. With heat-not-burn cigarettes, the tobacco rod is inserted into a device, where it is impaled on an electronically-heated element which vaporizes the nicotine. These...

Survey suggests biggest impact of legalizing e-cigs has been on kids.

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Today Statistics Canada released the first government survey since e-cigarettes were legalized — the one-time Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey. This survey was conducted of Canadians over 15 years of age in November and December  of 2019. It came after a long drought. Monitoring of e-cigarette use became a casualty of the restructuring of Health...

Keeping Track

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A lot is happening quickly in the field of tobacco and vaping regulation. This blog is to share attempts to visualize and keep track of developments. In the past month alone, three Canadian provinces and one territory (Nova Scotia, Alberta, Ontario and Nunavut) have announced new measures. This week Prince Edward Island became the first...

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...

The “heterogeneity” of the vaping market and why it can hinder regulation-making

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A key challenge for health regulators when facing emerging nicotine devices is the complexity and change in that market place. Unlike cigarettes, which researchers and regulators have generally treated as identical products across geography and time, next generation products like e-cigarettes vary greatly in their design, contents  and marketing from place to another and from...

Another new year, another round of tobacco manufacturers’ price increases.

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This week Canadian tobacco companies raised the price they charge to retailers for cigarettes and other toabcco products. This month the price (per cigarette) went up by 1 to 1.5 cents in in most parts of Canada ($2.50 to $3.60 per carton), as shown in the memo sent by Imperial Tobacco to retailers on December...

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