Thanks to a report from the Canadian Constitution Foundation analyzing vaping legislation in Canada, we know that the federal government receives a failing grade particularly for treating vaping the same as tobacco smoking, but how do the provinces stack up?
Last week, I reported on the CCF's recommendations for problematic legislation that treats vaping like tobacco smoking by not allowing minors to access products, not allowing product testing, in-store consultation, and restricting advertising that outlines the health benefits of vaping vs. smoking cigarettes.
Bill S5 was introduced into the Senate in November of 2016 and CCF report author Derek From points out that the bill will limit the right of Canadians to access testimonials and life saving scientific information.
It also disallows any products considered appealing to young people including confectionary, dessert, cannabis, soft or energy drink flavours, prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18, prohibits in-store sampling and doesn’t allow any testimonials or endorsements including peer reviewed studies.
This is federal legislation, but what about provincially?
From says, to protect the health of Canadians and preserve our Charter right to make medical decisions about our own bodies, governments must not unduly limit information about, or access to, harm reduction alternatives or regulate them out of the marketplace but this is exactly what the government is doing.
Bill S5’s purpose is to restrict e-cigarette devices and products in the same way that tobacco is regulated. That Bill is awaiting Royal Assent and will serve as cross Canada legislation.