- SOME INFORMATION SURROUNDING THE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS -
WARNING: This will be long.
While I do remain skeptical for obvious reasons, there is perhaps some miswording on the government's part, and perhaps a misunderstanding on what the agenda is specifically, surrounding flavoured eliquid.
From what is read specifically in the news release through the government of Canada's website surrounding vaping products:
"The new federal regime would regulate the manufacture, sale, labelling and promotion of vaping products and would include provisions such as restricting sales to youth, restricting certain flavours, like candy, that appeal to youth, and measures such as child-resistant packaging to help protect children from nicotine poisoning."
The alarming section is "...restricting certain flavours, like candy, that appeal to youth..." (see http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=1158489&crtr.tp1D=1)
There's no other way around it. That specific statement indicates the restriction of flavours. Period. Am I not correct in assuming this?
Now hold on...
Donna Pasiechnik, the Tobacco Control Coordinator of Canadian Cancer Society Saskatchewan, has been receiving phone calls and emails, and that is AWESOME. A customer has sent me an email response from her:
"Thank you for your email. I appreciate hearing from former smokers as I too am one.
Let me start by commending you and your wife for quitting smoking. It’s an awful addiction that is so hard to kick. I chewed nicorette gum for nearly a year after giving up cigs so I appreciate how difficult it is.
I hear what you are saying about flavours in e-cigs and that some smokers have found them to be helpful in quitting.
Early in 2001-02 as youth smoking rates dropped, the tobacco industry introduced candy and fruit flavoured little cigariilos (now banned) as a way to entice kids. It worked. In just a matter of years, the sale of these products exploded as did the rate of use among youth. In fact, the majority of people who used these products were youth and young adults.
That is our concern when it comes to flavours in e-cigs. Canadian surveys show that the use of e-cigs among youth continues to grow. It will take some time to determine what impact that could have on youth smoking rates, whether young people move on to tobacco products once they get hooked on nicotine in e-cigs. That is a huge concern for us given SK has among the highest youth smoking rates in the country.
It’s important to note that the federal government’s new legislating is only proposing to ban the promotion of candy and fruit flavours, not the flavours themselves.
I hope this helps to explain our position.
What's this? "It’s important to note that the federal government’s new legislating is only proposing to ban the promotion of candy and fruit flavours, not the flavours themselves."
Really. That's not what I read. So which is it? "ban the promotion of candy and fruit flavours, not the flavours themselves", or "restricting certain flavours, like candy, that appeal to youth"
Granted these are proposed regulations, but some clarification DEFINITELY needs to be made.