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...

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...

Cigarette taxes went up across Canada today — a tiny bit

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It’s no April Fools. Federal taxes were increased on cigarettes today — from $28.43 per carton of cigarettes to $28.85, or $0.042 per package of 20 cigarettes. This increase was not the result of a budgetary decision this year, but because of an automatic quinquennial inflation adjustment introduced in the 2014 budget, and annualized in the 2018 budget. If...

Sales of combustible tobacco are falling in many countries

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During last week’s investor day, British American Tobacco made public many of its estimates of legal and illegal tobacco sales around the world. Combined with official reports from countries which monitor sales (like Canada and France), and with estimates from BAT’s competitors, these help give us a picture of what is happening to the global tobacco...

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...

Newly-released Health Canada research provides insight into young vapers

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Last week, Health Canada made public its plans to ban advertising of vaping products wherever they can be seen or heard by youth. At the same time, they also released two surveys that provide information and insight into young people’s vaping behaviours. These surveys are: The Canadian Student Tobacco Alcohol and Drug Survey (CSTADS). This survey...

Why so anodyne? Canadians need strong, effective and truthful warnings on e-cigarette packages

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Why so anodyne? Canadians need strong, effective and truthful warnings on vaping packages The federal government summer season of no-big-decisions usually runs from third week of June (St. Jean Baptiste Day) to the first week of September (Labour Day). Yet on the eve of this traditionally slow time, Health Canada handed public health groups with...

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