A few days ago, it was rumoured (on pretty good authority) that a federal flavour ban will follow the federal 20mg/mL nicotine cap, coming this year.
If the Canadian government wants (a very optimistic) less than 5% tobacco use by 2035, this is NOT the answer. Vaping can fill the gap. Health Canada has stated ON RECORD that switching from smoking to vaping can reduce harms associated with smoking. So why are we being punished with a flavour ban, all in the name of “saving the children”? Save the children. Guess what? We’re all children. You have parents, I have parents…we are all someone’s children.
In HC's risk assessment, 25% of vapers returning to smoking is acceptable. Really? That's approximately 250,000 to 300,000 people, where one in two will suffer premature death from a tobacco related illness. Is this acceptable to you?
NOT ok. Period. Full stop.
The problem we face, is that the government hardly ever hears from the consumer. Instead, they hear from, ENDLESSLY, lobbyist groups like Heart & Stroke, and Cancer Society - both of which are anti-vaping. There are not enough voices from our side being heard. Sure, vendors and distributors and manufacturers can yell and scream all they want, but we have a vested interest. Our cries basically fall on deaf ears.
There are approx. 1,000,000 vapers in Canada. We need 250,000-300,000 consumer voices hammering these government officials. YOUR voices. No more sitting on idle hands. No more watching from the sidelines.
YOU, the CONSUMERS need to be heard. YOU, the CONSUMERS need to use your voices. YOU, the CONSUMERS need to contact your MP’s and oppose ANY form of flavour ban. With an election coming this summer, these people want your vote.
Calling ALL vapers, friends of vapers, family of vapers, former vapers. Contact your MP’s. Phone them, email them, write them. Whatever means necessary. Remember, these people work for US. It is THEIR JOB to listen. “They’ll just do what they want” isn't a valid excuse. They DO do what they want because far too many share that attitude, and they don’t hear from enough of us telling them NO.
Tell them you oppose this legislation. Tell them your story of how you quit smoking with flavours. Tell them you are appalled and disgusted that you will be stripped of harm reduction product. Tell them you are sick and tired of government overreach like this. Tell them you’re sick and tired of the government being reckless and stupid. Tell them vaping saved your life. Hold your MP’s accountable.
It’s do or die time. Don’t roll over and expose your soft underbelly. Fight back. Spread the word, and get everyone that supports vaping involved. Protect your right to a less harmful alternative. Defend your right to harm reduction. Once again, hold your MP’s accountable. End this sickening government overreach. If no one speaks up, we all lose. Eliquid manufacturers shut down, distributors shut down, vape shops shut down. You lose your access to tobacco harm reduction while combustible tobacco, the worlds leading cause of preventable death, remains on the shelf.
This is your last chance to speak up. You can do this. Your voices are powerful Together, we can win this battle!
You can find your MP here with your postal code. They will be listed under “Current Member” https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en. You can find their contact information on the “CONTACT” tab when you view their page.
Be sure to CC firstname.lastname@example.org in your email to your MP. We want to keep count of all submissions, and would LOVE to read what you have to say!
If you don't want to write your MP, or don't know exactly what to say, that's fine. The industry will have a strategy in place shortly. Post cards and/or QR code cards will be included with your orders, or handed to you at point of sale. You can also visit ReduceTheHarm.ca for a simple pre-drafted email, where all you will need to do is enter your name, postal code, email address, and click one single button. In addition, take the survey at Rights4Vapers. Literally 2 minutes of your time. It's worth every second.