Newly-released data shows quitting rates are stagnant — and most vapers are not reducing harm

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This post reports on the results of data provided by Statistics Canada as a custom tabulation (purchased data extraction). The data cited in this post are linked at the bottom of this page, as are notes on concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 survey results. The CCHS Rapid Response module helped fill...

Medicago, Philip Morris and Health Canada: A predictable and avoidable fiasco

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Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) – Coalition québécoise pour le contrôle du tabac – Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada Health groups urge the Federal government to pressure Medicago to align its approach with that of the World Health Organization Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, March 22, 2022 — Canadian health groups are supporting the reported refusal of the World...

‘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...

Flavourings make e-cigarettes more harmful. That’s another good reason to end their use.

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Most Canadian governments which have banned flavoured e-cigarettes have done so in order to reduce the number of young people who are brought into nicotine use through the use of attractive flavourings. Vaping manufacturers have objected to these measures, and are claiming that flavours “save lives” because they encourage smokers to switch to e-cigarettes. Missing...

NNSW – Progress towards implementing the advice of Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health

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The overarching objectives of these recommendations are to protect young people from inducements to use vaping devices by regulating such devices as equivalent to tobacco products, and to encourage smokers who use vaping devices to use them solely to end or reduce their use of all nicotine-containing products. Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health...

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...

New poll shows support for a course correction to Health Canada’s tobacco strategy

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(Ottawa and Montreal) – A poll conducted for Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and the Quebec Tobacco Control Coalition shows key elements of Health Canada’s approach to reducing smoking are out of line with public opinion. “A few years ago the federal government shifted its focus away from regulating tobacco products and towards a vaping...

Do telephone interviews undercount smokers?

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Earlier this month, Statistics Canada released the most recent results from its long-standing and impressive Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). The results were very encouraging for those who work to reduce tobacco use — smoking rates had declined to 13% –  the lowest rate in our lifetime. Earlier in the year, another Statistics Canada survey (the Canadian...

The vaping industry compliance deficit

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This week Health Canada released the results of its inspections of the instagram accounts of Canadian vaping suppliers. Just over half (53%) of the 304 suppliers failed inspection. The industry fared somewhat better on this test than they did on the previous round of inspections of their retail stores in the summer and fall of 2019. On those occasions, fewer than 1...

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