St. Catharines vape shop calls potential flavour…


Proposed ban on vape flavours would depart outlets with solely mint, menthol, tobacco

By Abby Inexperienced

Wed., Dec. 29, 20213 min. learn

Jason Flynn’s store may go up in smoke if a proposed ban on flavoured vape merchandise goes by way of.

Flynn, who owns Vape Escapes at 64 Hartzel Rd. in St. Catharines, known as a proposed ban on flavoured vape merchandise “reckless and dangerous legislation to be putting into place.

“The biggest social justice issue on vaping seems to be how it’s going to affect youth,” he stated.

Well being Canada first launched the concept to ban flavoured vape merchandise in June of 2021.

“Research shows that flavoured vaping products are highly appealing to youth, and that youth are especially susceptible to the negative effects of nicotine — including altered brain development, which can cause challenges with memory and concentration,” reads a press launch.

Flynn disagrees, and stated {that a} ban on the flavoured merchandise would solely drive youth to the illicit market.

He stated since his store first opened eight years in the past, that they had the rule that clients needed to be over 19 years previous to return in.

“If this is left up to teenagers, they’re going to try to make this themselves, and if you don’t have a solid understanding of Ohm’s Law or electrical, then you could essentially build a bomb,” he stated. “That’s a very real possibility. If you attempt to make the liquids and you don’t know what to put in them, then you are risking poisoning and respiratory issues, whereas in our world it’s very regulated.”

Flynn stated the majority of his clients are folks utilizing vape merchandise to attempt to stop smoking.

“If you’re currently smoking and you come in, we’ll take the time to find out where you are and what product would be best suited for you,” he stated. “The Royal College of Physicians have repeatedly done studies saying that (vaping is) at least 95 per cent safer than smoking. You aren’t getting all the carcinogens that you get from smoking when you switch to vaping.”

Flynn can also be a member of the advocacy group Rights 4 Vapers, which held a rally in Ottawa in late November, urging the federal authorities to stop this ban from going by way of.

“The science is obvious. Vapour merchandise are much less dangerous than cigarettes,” stated Maria Papaioannoy, spokesperson for Rights 4 Vapers. “Over a million Canadians vape and nearly 5 million extra smoke. Are we actually going to disregard them and cling to old school notions of hurt discount the place you both stop or die?”

In an emailed assertion to Niagara This Week, St. Catharines Liberal MP Chris Bittle stated whereas he understands that vaping may help ween people who smoke from tobacco, it’s essential to maintain them away from youth.

“It is essential that a balanced approach be taken that ensures adult smokers are able to continue to utilize e-cigarettes while also ensuring that the products are not designed in a way that specifically entices young Canadians to start using a tobacco-based product,” Bittle stated.

If the ban went by way of, solely mint, menthol, and tobacco flavoured vape merchandise would nonetheless be out there. Flynn stated these flavours aren’t useful.

“Nobody is smoking (cigarettes) for the flavour, they smoke because it’s an addiction,” he stated. “We need to have a product that allows smokers an avenue for which to give up this product, and vaping does that.”

He stated there’s no manner he may run his enterprise on simply these three flavours.

“This is my livelihood,” he stated. “I have employees, their families rely on this.”

Well being Canada was accepting feedback on the proposed regulatory amendments by way of its web site till early September.

STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Well being Canada has proposed a ban on flavoured vape merchandise, saying they aim younger folks. Nevertheless, the ban may additionally have an effect on enterprise house owners, together with one native proprietor who says most of his clients use vape merchandise to stop smoking.

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