E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that vaporize flavoured liquid which contains nicotine, propylene glycol and glycerine. A report out of the UK suggests that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco cigarettes and many have switched to vaping to quit smoking.
It’s considered a harm reduction tool, so why would the public generally believe that e-cigarettes are as unhealthy and harmful as smoking tobacco?
There’s no combustion related to vaping, which is the most harmful thing about cigarettes but despite this and other factors, the Canadian government generally treats e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes the same when it comes to legislation and regulations.
A report from the Canadian Constitution Foundation outlines problems with such legislation which include things like broad policies that ignore the benefits of e-cigarettes vs. tobacco smoking, interfering with a person’s right to make healthier choices and not allowing users to sample products in vape shops. It then makes recommendations that would improve regulations.
Report author Derek From says 40,000 people die annually from smoking related illnesses at a cost of $17B to our healthcare system. He believes vaping is an effective, consumer driven harm reduction tool created by the free market that could largely solve this epidemic.
He also notes that the federal government’s Bill S5 will limit the right of Canadians to access testimonials and life saving scientific information plus, includes a host of prohibitions on activities that could help lead people to make a healthier choice.
The Bill was introduced in the Senate in November of 2016 and is awaiting Royal Assent.