“We have traditionally been left out of the debate even though we are the most affected by regulation,” said Maria Papaioannoy, spokeswoman for Rights4Vapers, the country’s largest vaping consumer rights organization. “Thousands of Canadians have quit smoking through vaping. We hear their stories every day. Don’t we deserve a seat at the table?”
Despite international recognition that vaping is less harmful than smoking, Canada has been slow to embrace vaping as part of its tobacco harm reduction strategy. Last year, more than 23,000 Canadians wrote to Health Canada opposing proposed regulations that would ban all flavors of vaping products except mint, menthol and tobacco.
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, one of the world’s leading researchers on the impact of flavors on vaping behavior, published a study in December 2021, where he states that “If [flavour] If bans were allowed, this would ultimately lead consumers to tamper with illicitly traded products, turn to the black market, or revert to traditional cigarettes. »
“Non-smoker can include vaping,” said Christina Xydous, spokesperson for the vaping advocacy group the Coalition des droits des vapoteurs de Québec. “Flavors are a big factor in why a smoker chooses to vape.”
A University of Waterloo A study found that 20% of vapers would start smoking again if a flavor ban was introduced and 13% said they didn’t know what they would do.
“One vaper who starts smoking again is too much,” Ms Papaioannoy said. “Health Canada needs to correct vaping misinformation. It is NOT more harmful than smoking. Not a Canadian died last year from vaping. Nearly 50,000 Canadians have died from smoking. »
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