I recently read this article in the National Post, and I felt the need to mention it here on E-Cig Central. The article is really well-written approaches the subject of tobacco harm reduction in a very positive light. For those of you unfamiliar with Canadian laws,
In 2009, Health Canada issued a warning on its website, saying that e-cigarettes fall under the Food and Drugs Act and must therefore be approved by the government for sale in Canada. But, so far, “no electronic smoking products have been granted a market authorization in Canada.”
As a Canadian citizen, this means that I have had a difficult time buying e-liquid from local distributors within Canada (although non-nicotine e-cigarettes can still be sold). In comparison to traditional cigarettes which contain more than 10,000 chemicals and 40 carcinogens, e-cigarette liquid (e-liquid) has not been found to contain more than trace elements of any of the carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.
The article leaves readers with an interesting end note to think about in regards to why the ban may be in place, claiming that
To figure out why the government would try to prohibit the use of these products, one simply has to follow the money. Between 2001 and 2008, the federal government collected $20.4-billion worth of tobacco taxes. Rather than implementing policies that are in the best interests of Canadians, it is the government that has become addicted to the lucrative tobacco industry.
I feel as a Canadian, now is the time for us to stand up and oppose the e-cigarette ban in Canada. Since I made the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes over a year ago, I have personally felt much healthier and love how no one around me is bothered by the vapor (unlike regular cigarette smoke). I am going to be looking into starting a petition to bring the e-cigarette ban to light, so keep checking back for more information on the subject. I have high hopes, especially since last year a judge ruled that an FDA ban on e-cigarettes in the United States was unconstitutional.