Yet more federal government opinion research on vaping

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Last spring the federal Privy Council Office (the department which serves the Prime Minister and Cabinet) commissioned a series of focus groups across Canada to gain information on a number of topical issues. The topics ranged greatly, with Canadians being asked for their input on possible names for national pharmacare and climate plans, to their...

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...

Response to Health Canada’s proposals to protect children from vaping promotions

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We welcome the steps taken today by Health Canada to restrict e-cigarette promotions as an important initial step towards the comprehensive measures that are needed to protect children from vaping. We are especially pleased to see the Hon. Patty Hajdu make these proposals so quickly after she assumed responsibilities as the federal Minister of Health....

Canadian government revenues from tobacco taxes: an update

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Every year federal and provincial governments provide the public with financial reports, including information on how much revenue the have collected in tobacco taxes.  The last of these ‘Public Accounts’ for the last fiscal year (April 1 2018 to March 31 2019) was tabled in the House of Commons last week. Time for an update...

What research tells us about young people and e-cigarette flavours

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Many researchers are focusing on the role played by e-cigarette flavourings in encouraging young non-smokers to use these products. Earlier this year, the Nordic Welfare Council produced a report intended to inform public health efforts by governments in the Nordic Region (Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Faroe Islands, Finland, Aland, and Greenland). Their report – The significance...

The FDA’s ground rules for IQOS may have lessons for Canada

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Last month, Philip Morris began selling the heated tobacco IQOS devices and sticks in the United States. This is almost 3 years after they were marketed in Canada. The reason for the delay was that the US Food and Drug Administration would not permit the sale of this or any other new tobacco product until...

Big tobacco funds and controls the new Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA)

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[NB: On December 4th, VITA issued a statement objecting to and correcting some of the information provided in this blog. The original blog appears below, but is now annotated with reference to their objections and corrections.] Last week the first webinar was held between the Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) and its membership. Unexpectedly, one of...

How cheap will vaping products get before we see price as part of the youth vaping problem?

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A price war is underway among the four main manufacturers of the pod-style vaping products that are sold in convenience stores. Over the fall, each of the companies which sell these JUUL-type products has reduced its retail and/or on-line prices. The cost of a tellingly-labelled “starter kit” for JUUL imitators (Logic and Vype) is now...

ICYMI: How e-cigarettes can break your heart

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Last week yet another published study raised concerns about health impact of e-cigarettes. Much of the attention this fall has been on injuries to the lung, especially the Ee-cigarette or vaping product associated lung injury (EVALI) that has been experienced by thousands of American vapers and a much smaller number in Canada. Less reported have been papers exploring...

Yet another novel nicotine product on the Canadian horizon: tobacco-less oral tobacco

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l“An exciting new space” That’s how BAT’s category director Vincent Duhem described Oral Tobacco products to investors earlier this spring. Unlike vaping products, he pointed out, Oral tobacco had assets that other next generation products did not. Unlike vaping products, no device was required and it can be used in places where vaping is not...

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