The vaping industry, which is challenging the anti-smoking law, has won a first victory against the government.
The August 21, the judge Frederic Bachand, of the Superior Court, concluded that the debate was legitimate and that the case must be heard in the courts. "It's a win for the industry, a first step forward"Said the lawyer Jamie Benizri who has been defending vapers, retailers and merchants for several months.
Since November 2015, the e-cigarette is considered a cigarette and is subject to the law to strengthen the fight against smoking. Merchants can no longer advertise, extol the merits of their products or sell their articles on the internet. One of the main irritants is to not be able to taste the products.
«People want to try before buying, but we have no choice and we just make them feel", has explained Pascal Bourgault, owner of Vape Purvapeur. Offenders face salable fines ranging from 50 000 $ and 500 000 $.
In the legal documents, the Canadian Vaccination Association believes that the government is overstepping its legislative powers. The group hopes to break the 44 law and its restrictions. No date has yet been set for the hearing on the merits.