The tour continued until the last week of the elections to give a voice to the 1,000,000 Canadian vapers besieged by federal and provincial regulations
Evening planned for September 16 honoring Canadians who died of smoking-related illnesses
Vaping is a proven less harmful alternative to smoking
TORONTO and QUEBEC, September 13, 2021 / CNW / – The biggest mobilization of Canadian vapers continues this week with a blitz across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area which will include a vigil for the hundreds of Canadians who have died of smoking-related illnesses since the start of the election campaign.
The tour encourages vapers to speak out against the Liberal proposed regulation that will ban all flavors except tobacco, mint and menthol. He also wants to educate non-vapers about the realities of vaping as a tobacco harm reduction tool.
“We’ve been on the road for almost a month. We felt we had to come back to the GTA to get our message of tobacco harm reduction. The Liberal government will have no choice but to hear our voices. In the past, we have been silenced and marginalized. This tour will show candidates for this election that vapers will no longer be ignored. It is the fight for our lives ”, declared Maria Papaioannoy, spokesperson for Rights4Vapers one of from Canada vapers’ rights organizations.
Vaping is a proven less harmful alternative to smoking. Public health authorities around the world have made it clear that vaping can be an effective tool in helping smokers quit. But only if the right regulatory and societal frameworks are in place.
“If properly regulated, vapor products have the potential to help millions of smokers quit. Isn’t that what the government wants? Ms Papaioannoy said. “Instead, the Liberals are threatening to take flavors off the market. If the government succeeds with these draconian regulations, it will bring thousands of current vapers back to smoking and prevent millions of smokers from trying vapor products. “
Flavors are an important part of the vaping experience for adult smokers. The flavors help smokers migrate from traditional cigarettes to vapor products. In 2019, Parliament held hearings on the amendments to the Tobacco Act (Bill S5). Experts have told the federal government that flavored vapor products are important. It is time for all governments to listen.
“Since the election began, more than 3,000 Canadians have died from smoking-related illnesses. No one died from vaping. We want to honor the lives of those who died during a downtown vigil. Toronto. Who can say that with progressive regulations, information based on truth and science, and accessibility to steam products, some of these Canadians may still be alive today, ”said Ms. Papaioannoy.
Vapor products are the best hope for hundreds of thousands of Canadians who smoke and seek an alternative to smoking. Earlier this year, Public Health England published its latest review of vapor studies. He found that “the best thing a smoker can do is quit smoking altogether and evidence shows that vaping is one of the most effective quitting aids available, helping around 50,000 smokers to quit. to smoke per year “.
According to a study published by the Consumer Choice Center, there are more than 1.5 million adult Canadian vapers in Canada. About 955,000 of these adult consumers currently use flavored vape products. A total ban on vaping flavors would likely cause most of these consumers to start smoking again.
Vape Tour 2021 will reach the 1,250,000 forgotten Canadian vapers. More and more regulations at the federal and provincial levels threaten the access, availability and affordability of steam products. Vape Tour 2021 will bring the truth about vaping to cities across Quebec and Ontario and mobilize vapers. It’s time to save vaping. It’s time to save lives.
What: Vigil for those who died from smoking-related illnesses
When: Thursday September 16
Time: Begins to 6.30 p.m.
Or: Mars starts in Yonge and Adelaide and will end with a silent vigil in Yonge and Dundas Square
SOURCE Rights 4 Vapoteurs
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