COVID-19 Prevention in Specialty Vape Stores: Regulatory Amendments under the Reopening Ontario Act 2020

Friday February 26th 2021 – The following notice has been issued from the Ministry of Health to all vape shops in Ontario. Effective immediately, all Specialty Vape Stores in Ontario shall not permit an electronic cigarette to be used for the purpose of sampling a vapour product in a Specialty Vape Store. These regulatory changes…

Government of Canada Proposes Making Reduced Risk Products Less Effective During National Non-Smoking Week

OTTAWA, January 20th, 2021 – Vaping products have been widely recognized by regulators and leading health organizations as a significantly less harmful nicotine alternative than cigarettes. Despite this, during National Non-Smoking Week, the Government of Canada is considering reducing the maximum nicotine strength in vaping products by almost 70%. VITA strongly believes that in order…

Canada Proposes Making Quitting Smoking Harder For Adults

OTTAWA, December 18th, 2020 – Today, the Canadian federal government proposed lowering allowable nicotine levels in regulated vapour products, which would minimize their value to adult smokers seeking to transition to a reduced risk category. The effectiveness of vaping as a harm reduction product is contingent upon smokers having access to an alternative with sufficient…

PEI Government Makes it Harder for Adult Smokers to Transition to a Reduced Risk Alternative

OTTAWA, August 25th, 2020:  On March 1st, 2021, it will become harder for adult smokers in PEI to transition to a reduced risk category of consumption – vaping. As of that date, all flavoured vaping products, other than tobacco, will be prohibited. “The evidence is clear, flavoured vaping products play a key role in helping…

VITA Responds To New Federal Marketing And Advertising Regulations For The Vaping Sector

OTTAWA, JULY 8th, 2020 – The Federal Government today unveiled new regulations related to the marketing of vaping products. These new rules prohibit the display of any brand element in a place or manner visible to young people and will ensure that vaping devices are not visible at point of sale in places where young…

Call to Block Vaping Bill Misses the Mark: Youth Protections Are Needed Now

On July 2nd, 2020, 35 Doctors requested that the Lieutenant Governor block the democratic process and withhold royal assent on Bill 19 the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act Amendment 2020 despite the overwhelming approval of Alberta’s elected representatives. This Bill, when implemented would finally restrict nicotine vaping product sales to youth, prohibit advertising visible to…

Vaping Industry Trade Association calls on the Government of Quebec to Hold a Parliamentary Commission

Montreal, May 29, 2020 – In response to the announced Government strategy regarding tobacco and vaping products, the Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) calls on the government to ensure that all stakeholders are heard through public consultation. VITA, the true voice of the vaping industry in Quebec, is very disappointed that it was not consulted by…

VITA Responds to Nova Scotia Nicotine Restrictions

Ottawa, ON, May 11 , 2020 – The Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) is concerned that the limitation of nicotine in vape products by the Government of Nova Scotia will make it harder for heavy smokers to quit and do little to combat access by youth. “The federal government has already established nicotine concentration limits…

Vaping in the New World of COVID-19

Dr. Mark Tyndall MD ScD FRCPC Infectious Diseases and Public Health Physician, Expert Advisor on Harm Reduction to VITA The world has changed in a very short period of time with the arrival of COVID-19. As leading public health experts and organizations focus on the containment and ultimate elimination of the virus, the need for…

Ontario Announces further Restrictions to Essential Services List

April 3, 2020 – The Province of Ontario has updated their list of essential services. Adult Use Specialty Vape stores are not included on this list; however, convenience channels remain essential. As such, all specialty vape stores in Ontario who haven’t already done so must cease physical services, including curbside pickup by Saturday April 4th,…

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