“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...

Public health leaders strengthen their call for action on vaping

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The power to speak  Medical officers of health have special responsibilities and powers in the Canadian health system. Although they work for municipal, provincial and federal governments, many have the authority to speak out about health risks without having to get approval from elected officials. Federal law, for example, gives Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr....

Everything old is new again: Tobacco companies set up a lobbying arm to fight vaping regulations.

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The news on page 3 of this morning’s edition of the Globe and Mail was a report from Carly Weeks that Canada’s 3 big tobacco companies have set up a new lobby group to oppose vaping regulations. Surprise, Surprise. In fairness, the news was already 3 weeks old. The launch of the Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) was announced through...

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