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Ford government halts regulations governing Bill 174

Leading up to the June 7 provincial election in Ontario, The CVA led a campaign to inform the political parties about the dangers of the previous government’s new regulations, which would have banned sampling and in-store vaping in adult-only speciality vape shops. It seems as though the new Progressive Conservative government was listening: shortly before…

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Dr. Akbar Khan discusses Ontario’s ban on in-store sampling in the CBC

Amidst all the commotion in the immediate aftermath of the horrific car-ramming attack in Toronto on April 23, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government quietly posted regulations that will have a profound effect on how easy it is for adult smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes. When the new regulations come into effect on July 1,…

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Executive Summary: U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on the health consequences of e-cigarettes

On Jan. 23, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Review of the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems released a report titled, Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes, which was commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The report is the result of a comprehensive literature review of 800…

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Executive Summary: UVic literature review on the health effects of vaping

Last year, researchers at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC at the University of Victoria produced a report titled, Clearing the Air: A systematic review of the harms and benefits of e-cigarettes and vapour devices, which examined 1,622 journal articles on the health consequences of electronic cigarettes, in the areas of smoking cessation, youth,…

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Executive Summary: British Medical Association report on the science behind e-cigarettes

Last fall, the British Medical Association (BMA) released a report titled, E-cigarettes: Balancing risks and opportunities, which looked at the scientific research on the health effects of electronic cigarettes and made numerous policy recommendations. The report focused on three main areas: “reducing tobacco-related harm; ensuring children and young people do not use e-cigarettes; and protecting…

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Perspectives on Public Health: The need for evidence-based policy

Vaping is increasing among Canadians, while smoking is thankfully on the decline. This is happening despite several roadblocks that are serving to make it harder for smokers to make the switch to a technology that could potentially save their lives. The Ontario government, for example, recently passed the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which lumps e-cigarettes in…

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Electronic cigarettes and indoor air quality

With an increasing number of smokers attempting to reduce the harms of tobacco use by switching to electronic cigarettes, policymakers and researchers have been rightfully concerned about the effect that the vapour produced by these devices might have on bystanders. Indeed, in the Ontario government’s proposed regulations under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, vaping is…

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