The updated Cochrane review of e-cigarettes — and what it should mean for Canada

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Last week, the UK based health charity, Cochrane, released its sixth report on the evidence on the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation. This post reflects on how this and other Cochrane conclusions could serve Canadian efforts to reduce smoking at the population and individual levels. In brief: 1) Cochrane establishes that in clinical trials, E-cigarettes fail...

Doctors seek Federal Court Order to Force Health Canada to Comply with Tobacco Law

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Mandatory Report More Than Five Months Overdue (Ottawa – November 14, 2022) Today a national health charity applied for a Federal Court order directing Health Canada to complete its overdue review of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act and to present the results to Parliament. “The law is crystal clear” said Dr. Atul Kapur, president...

BAT’s disposable “VUSE GO” arrives in Canada.

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Last week BAT/Imperial Tobacco Canada  began selling the disposable vaping device Vuse Go in Canada. From the advertising copy on its website, it appears that this new product is being used to recruit new users:  “Whether you are new to vaping, want to try some new flavours without committing, or simply aren’t sure which device is right...

VEEBA: In a surprise move, PMI launches disposable vapes in Canada

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This week Canadian consumers and health regulators are facing a significant development in the vaping market, as the world’s largest tobacco company introduces VEEBA – an affordable and fancy disposable vape. Philip Morris is the last of the big tobacco companies to launching vaping products. It’s decision to put its deep pockets and extensive marketing...

New survey results show no decrease (and some areas of increase) in tobacco use and vaping

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On May 5, Statistics Canada released results of the third wave of the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey., in which almost 10,000 Canadians reported their use of tobacco and vaping products. (Top-level results of prior waves, with smaller samples, are available on Health Canada’s web-site, and other analysis was reported here earlier). This blog presents graphs showing the results...

‘Clear the Smoke’: Imperial Tobacco launches an illegal health-reassurance ad campaign

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Last week Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. launched a new campaign using the industry’s decades’ old strategy of invoking medical experts as pitch-men for their products. This post documents how this campaign (a)  continues the industry’s historic marketing practices, (b) is a transgression of federal law and (c) is nonetheless likely to be permitted to continue.  DEJA VU ALL...

Science has marched on: it’s time to update the advice to Canadians

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A year ago we reported on the scientific progress that had been made since 2018, when the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) issued its conclusions on the Public Health Consequences of E-cigarettes.   This post provides a further update on key research findings, offering further evidence for our governments to stop suggesting that “the long-term consequences of...

The enforcement of Canada’s tobacco and vaping laws.

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This post reports on efforts by Canadian governments to ensure that retailers of vaping products follow provincial and federal laws, and identifies where official and community reports on enforcement action can be found. VAPING Federal enforcement of restrictions on vaping marketing.  Since 2019, Health Canada has proactively disclosed reports on its activities to ensure compliance...

Guess who’s behind Canada’s vapers’ protest movement?

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European journalists recently investigated the relationship between public opposition to e-cigarette regulation and tobacco companies and other corporate interests. Last week their findings were published in the French newspaper of record, Le Monde: VAPING: The real dollars behind fake consumer organisations. While their focus was mostly on activities in Europe, the report also spotlighted connections between...

Ian Irvine, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World and the CD Howe Institute

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Over the past months Canadians have heard the views on vaping regulations of Concordia University economist Ian Irvine. Recently the Globe and Mail’s business editor gave space to his opinion that taxes on vaping products should not be so high as to discourage people from using them and that governments should do more to encourage smokers who...

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