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Get The Facts What's Been Said

Get The Facts

Summary:

  • The Ontario Government is trying to "curb the use and sale of e-cigarettes." [1]
  • The Ontario Government admits that they need to do more research but will take "preventative" [2] measures by prohibiting the use of vaporizers where tobacco is prohibited. Essentially classifying them as the same product - which they are not.
  • Under the proposed changes; Vendors that currently sell electronic cigarettes may need to hide all products, and must disable any indoor testing stations. Education may be difficult at best; you will need to know what you want before you purchase.
  • Electronic Cigarettes have already been shown to be 95% less harmful than tobacco - conducted by a UK Government study[3].
    Which summarizes:
    • "the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking"
    • "nearly half the (UK) population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking"
    • "there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers"


What's Happening

On March 10th, 2016 the Ontario Government came out with a proposal that continues to stifle our ability to vape. The new changes proposed suggests the following; To restrict the use of vaporizers any where tobacco use is prohibited. This means you will not be able to vape in shops that sell vaporizers and liquid and you will no longer be able to test the e liquid while in store. There is a potential that products and accessories would have to be hidden. You may need to select the product without truly knowing you like it or how to turn it on.

The new proposal also suggests creating rules on how vaping products are displayed. We need to ensure that the new proposed changes allows the continued proper display of products for customer education.

There is also a possibility that you will no longer be able to use online shopping to buy products. This will restrict access to some of your favourite e liquid brands and vaporizer products.

The Ontario Government is currently looking for public feedback on this proposal. If Vaping has helped you or a family member/friend reduce or quit tobacco, it is imperative that you implore the Ontario Government that they should legislate smart legislation (as done in other regions within Canada; see Calgary, AB [4]) that exempts Vendors from the proposed changes. This exemption is crucial to the continued success of the electronic cigarette industry in Ontario. We need as many voices as possible, so that the Ontario Government continues to support rather than hinder attempts to use vaping as a tool to quit or reduce tobacco use. This why is it important to have your say.


How Can I Help?

Now is your time to tell your story. By submitting the form above, your comments will be directly e-mailed to the committee responsible for these changes. You will also be added to the list of supporters who are against the proposed legislation changes. The deadline for your input is April 24th 2016. This why is it important to have your say before time runs out.


Have My Say

[1] - http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?language=en&postingId=21224
[2] - https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2016/03/ontario-taking-further-steps-to-protect-people-from-second-hand-smoke-and-vapour.html
[3] - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-cigarettes-around-95-less-harmful-than-tobacco-estimates-landmark-review
[4] - http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/council-passes-e-cigarette-bylaw-exempts-vape-stores

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