Nova Scotia’s real-world expertise foreshadows enhance in smoking if federal authorities restricts vaping product flavours
OTTAWA, ON, Sept. 17, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – The Nova Scotia authorities has launched information that gives actual world proof that banning flavoured vaping merchandise results in elevated smoking. That is critically essential to notice as a result of Well being Canada is contemplating the same proposal – and has already acknowledged flavour restrictions might lead vapers again to smoking or forestall people who smoke from switching to vaping.
“Not typically do you get an actual world case examine of the affect of a possible regulation, however Nova Scotia has supplied one and the result is obvious: ban flavoured vaping merchandise and vapers return to smoking. That is reckless and counterproductive to public well being,” acknowledged Daniel David, President of the Vaping Business Commerce Affiliation (VITA).
VITA was responding to Nova Scotia’s Public Accounts launched on September 16 which present a 5.6% enhance in cigarette consumption in fiscal yr 2020-21 (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021). This coincides with Nova Scotia’s ban on all flavoured vaping merchandise, which took impact on April 1, 2020. Nova Scotia’s inflow of cigarette consumption and reduce in vaping merchandise comes at a time when provinces like Ontario, which doesn’t have complete flavour bans, continues to see a decline in general cigarette consumption over the identical interval1.
In the meantime, Well being Canada printed draft laws in June 2021 that search to ban all flavoured vaping merchandise besides tobacco, mint and menthol. The draft laws embrace the acknowledgement they may result in former people who smoke returning to smoking due to the proposed regulation.
“Well being Canada is already conscious of the chance that its proposed flavour restrictions would drive vapers again to smoking. Nova Scotia’s expertise proves that. Well being Canada can’t ignore this and should alter its strategy to forestall this disastrous public well being end result nationally” acknowledged David.
Moreover, in August, 15 scientists specializing in addictions and tobacco analysis printed an essay within the American Journal of Public Well being2 that examines the comparative well being dangers of vaping versus smoking, concluding that “[B]ecause proof signifies that e-cigarette use can enhance the chances of quitting smoking, many scientists, together with this essay’s authors, encourage the well being neighborhood, media, and policymakers to extra fastidiously weigh vaping’s potential to cut back grownup smoking-attributable mortality.”
“Governments must be encouraging people who smoke to change to vaping. As an alternative, as we see in Nova Scotia, poorly conceived authorities laws undermines that and drives vapers again to smoking. With this real-world proof now obtainable to it, it might be unconscionable for Well being Canada to repeat this error,” acknowledged David.
Canada’s largest commerce affiliation representing the business’s producers, importers, distributors and retailers, VITA is dedicated to working with stakeholders and governments to set and uphold laws for vaping merchandise in Canada. VITA’s strategy is predicated on credible proof, science, details, and logic. In our efforts to responsibly develop and defend the class, the Affiliation commits to collaborating with Well being Canada and different regulatory our bodies to determine greatest practices and to tell the event of evidenced-based laws.
SOURCE Vaping Business Commerce Affiliation (VITA)
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