Why is Ontario’s government treating vaping the same as cigarettes? Bill 45, “Making Healthier Choices Act”, prohibits vaping in public, in work spaces and some outdoor areas as well as testing in stores.
It also puts restrictions on packaging, age requirements, regulates the sale of flavoured vaping liquids and expands where e-cigarettes are prohibited from sale.
Canadian Constitution Foundation’s Derek From says vaping is the healthier choice over cigarette smoking and it’s possible these new laws may violate Section 7 of the Charter.
We see negative headlines in the news, particularly regarding youth, but often statistics are inaccurate as studies show vaping is far less harmful than cigarette smoking and can provide a life saving intervention.
Watch as I provide the other side of the vaping story and show that restricting access to vaping could be restricting access to a healthier alternative.
The Supreme Court ruled the federal government must renew an exemption in the Controlled Drug and Substance Act for Insite based on the argument that it reduced harm and saved lives. From says the same argument could be made about vaping.
In the case of the Ontario government and the Making Healthier Choices Act, it seems some healthier options are more equal than others.