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Nova Scotia’s Ban of Vaping Product Flavours, Increased Smoking

Nova Scotia’s real-world experience foreshadows increase in smoking if federal government restricts vaping product flavours Press Release September 17 – The Nova Scotia government has released data that provides real world evidence that banning flavoured vaping products leads to increased smoking.  This is critically important to note because Health Canada is considering a similar proposal…

VITA Responds To Health Canada Proposal That Will Increase Smoking Rates

Ottawa, ON, September 8th, 2021 – On September 2nd the Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) formally responded to Health Canada’s regulatory consultation on flavoured vaping products: Regulations that will, according to Health Canada, increase smoking rates, devastate the legal Canadian vaping sector and lead to an illicit market. “Last week VITA raised significant concerns to…

VITA Releases It’s Submission to the Flavour Ban Consultation

Thursday September 2nd – VITA released it’s submission to the proposed flavour ban consultation. The 61 page submission focused on the shocking findings from the Technical Committee along with a 3rd party investigative report that sought to understand the black market situation in Nova Scotia and elsewhere. The full report is available for download in…

Canada Proposes Making Quitting Smoking Harder For Adults

OTTAWA, JUNE 18th, 2021 – The federal government today proposed new regulations banning flavoured vaping products that will, if enacted, diminish the effectiveness of vaping as a reduced risk product compared to cigarettes. “If the government’s goal is to ensure that smokers keep smoking, then they couldn’t have proposed a better set of regulations”, said…

New Brunswick Proposes New Barriers For Adult Smokers Trying to Reduce Risk

OTTAWA, May 20th, 2021 – Today, the New Brunswick Legislature passed Bill 17 – An Act to Amend the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act for second reading and referred the bill to the Standing Committee on Economic Policy. This legislation, if passed, will prohibit adult smokers from accessing flavoured reduced risk vaping products within…

Vaping Product Tax Combined With Flavour Bans and Nicotine Caps Put Canada’s Youth at Risk

OTTAWA, April 19th, 2021 – Today, the Canadian federal government tabled the annual budget which announced an intention to introduce a new excise tax framework in 2022. VITA is concerned that this tax, when combined with a 70% reduction in maximum nicotine content and anticipated flavour restrictions will create a once in a lifetime opportunity…

Thousands of Canadians Tell Health Canada That Making Quitting Smoking Harder For Adults is Not The Right Approach

OTTAWA, March, 11 2021 – Thousands of Canadians have responded to Health Canada’s proposed 70% reduction in maximum nicotine concentration in vaping products to share their view that this is the wrong approach. Vaping is widely recognized as significantly less harmful than smoking and has helped hundreds of thousands of adult Canadians reduce their risk.…

VITA Submission on Proposed Nicotine Restrictions

Thursday March 4th – The Vaping Industry Trade Association of Canada (VITA) was pleased to submit our response to Health Canada’s consultation on reducing the maximum allowable nicotine concentration in vaping products from the current legal limit of 66mg/ml to the proposed limit of 20mg/ml (70% reduction). Download PDF Submission

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…

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