A huge concern is looming over the vaping industry in Quebec… Indeed, nearly 85% of vaping shops could close their doors in Quebec if the provincial government goes ahead with more stringent control measures as it has already said. 'intention to do so. Impending disaster!
Last December, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, said he planned to quickly focus on imposing new measures to limit the use of vaping, which is on the rise among young people. Like Nova Scotia, the Quebec government will prohibit the addition of flavor or aroma to vaping products, in addition to limiting the concentration of nicotine to 20 mg / ml. A mind-boggling and even catastrophic decision that could push smokers to stay in smoking ...
according to The Association of Vaping Industry Representatives (ARIV), the imposition of these measures will lead to the loss of more than 1870 jobs in Quebec. This represents nearly 410 specialty stores out of 483 that would not survive the first three months.
Daniel Marien, spokesperson for ARIV and president of the chain La Vap Shop, is convinced that these restrictions will have the effect of encouraging ex-smokers to return to cigarettes.
« By putting a spoke in the wheels to those who want to vape instead of smoking cigarettes, we are on the wrong track », Maintains Mr. Marien. " What we are asking of the government is a time out to have rational discussions about vaping products He says.
« While the government is working on an economic stimulus plan for Quebec, we are preparing to adopt regulations that will destroy an entire industry. We are going to destroy an entire retail sector. ».
Hoping that a solution will be found as soon as possible to avoid a health and social disaster in Quebec.