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,…

VITA Supports the Decision of Government of Newfoundland & Labrador to Allow Curbside Pickup at Vape Stores

Ottawa, ON, March 31st, 2020 – The Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) today expressed support for the government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s decision to allow for curb side pick up of vaping products. “Continued access to vaping products during this time of crisis is vital to keeping adult smokers from turning back to cigarettes,” said…

VITA Applauds The Government of Alberta for Recognizing Vape Stores as an Essential Service

Ottawa, ON, March 30th, 2020 – The Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) applauds the government of Alberta for recognizing vape shops as an essential service. “Without access to vaping products, adult vapers could turn back to smoking cigarettes,” said Allan Rewak, VITA Executive Director. “During this current unprecedented state of emergency, it is vitally important…

Sample Bars & COVID-19

The Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) is asking that specialty vape shop owners consider a temporary closure of flavour sampling stations due to the outbreak of several cases of COVID-19 in Canada. The only way to ensure that sample stations are not a risk factor is if they are either temporarily closed or if they…

VITA Names New Executive Director

Ottawa, ON, March 4th, 2020 – The Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) announced today that it has appointed Allan Rewak as Executive Director, effective March 2nd, 2020. Prior to his appointment with VITA, Mr. Rewak served in various senior level public affairs roles, including as the Executive Director of the Cannabis Council of Canada (C3).…

Press Release: Alberta Moves to Tax Vaping Products

Alberta– February 28, 2020– The Alberta government announced that it will commence taxing some vaping devices and all nicotine vaping e-liquids at a rate of 20%. This new tax has the potential to undo serious strides the vaping industry has made to convert smokers away from combustible tobacco cigarettes and may contribute to a growing…

Ontario Government restricts access to products that could potentially save the lives of thousands of smokers.

February 28, 2020- The Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) is disappointed that the Ontario Ministry of Health has proposed regulations that will restrict nicotine levels to 20 mg/mL or less, and limit flavour profiles outside of tobacco and mint to specialty vape shops only. This limits adult access to vapour products and undermines the ability…

The Power of Scientific Misinformation – Retracting a Scientific Paper

Original Post here: This week the Journal of the American Heart Association retracted a widely cited study by Stanton Glantz that found vaping to be associated with an increased risk of heart attacks. The retraction of a scientific article is quite unusual as most flawed studies are rejected prior to publication. It should be noted…

Yukon Vaping Regulations

The Smoke-Free Places Act had not been updated since 2009, however, The Tobacco and Vaping Products Control and Regulation Act was introduced in Yukon’s legislature in early-October 2019, which repeals and replaces the old act. The legislation raises the legal age for purchasing tobacco and vapour products from 18 to 19 years old. This bill…

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