December 22, 2016

Regina joins ‘war on vaping’ with misguided bylaw

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Governments from across Canada and at different levels, continue their war on vaping

Ontario was the first to change the rules by treating vaping exactly as it does tobacco cigarette smoking under the “Making Healthier Choices Act”, prohibiting vaping in public places, putting age restrictions in place and regulating the sale of flavoured vaping liquids.

Regina is the latest city jumping on board to treat vaping exactly the same as cigarette smoke, just like Ontario does.

The Mayor and four councillors in that city have filed a joint motion to gather research and feedback on smoking and vaping in public places and they’ll come to a decision in April.

This follows similar bylaws passed in Saskatoon which prohibit both vaping and smoking in spaces owned by the city.
But vaping is not the same as smoking and these government bodies need to get it right. In fact, vaping provides an alternative to smoking tobacco that has helped millions of people quit cigarettes.

From that perspective, these government rules are actually deterring people from accessing a healthier alternative to smoking and stopping them from taking the harm prevention path in the form of vaping.

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commented 2016-12-31 11:41:34 -0500
The first rule taken the from the ethical standards of care givers such as doctors, nursing, researchers and addictions; is " Do No Harm ". Restricting or denying any available harm reduction means to help smokers to overcome the scourge of tobacco is in itself very harmful to those smokers not knowing all the available data on vaping products. Millions of smokers have come together in order to help provide the true facts and science on vaping which has proven to be multitudes safer than tobacco smoking. The Mayor and his councilors of Regina must re-assess their standing on such a negligent decision. Tax dollars must not supersede over the health of your constituents.

Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada
www.thra.ca
commented 2016-12-25 15:25:30 -0500
Reminds me of Ezra war against the Alberta ndp who are actually getting the job done. Providing 0 facts, and being convicted of lying in courts.
This anti vaping is the same. 0 facts with it and lots of lying to get their way with a group of people to lazy to check the facts.
commented 2016-12-23 19:33:59 -0500
I thought vaping does not produce a smell or second hand smoke like cigarettes do? So if it doesn’t, then why is it being categorized the same as regular cigarettes (or king size!) in public areas, unless you’re vaping weed?
commented 2016-12-22 20:28:02 -0500
Fraser McBurney commented – “SMOKE A CIGAR AND REALY PISS THEM OFF

Every chance I get – a quality cigar lasts 45 min. imagine how many snowflakes you can flip the bone to in that span.
commented 2016-12-22 14:32:43 -0500
It would be interesting to see if the various levels of government place the same restrictions on marijuana smoking as they do on cigarette smoking and vaping.
commented 2016-12-22 13:59:44 -0500
why are we not surprised to see this coming out of red china…ooops! Regina
commented 2016-12-22 13:29:48 -0500
SMOKE A CIGAR AND REALY PISS THEM OFF