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CANADA: Vapotage, the status quo would be counterproductive in the fight against tobacco

CANADA: Vapotage, the status quo would be counterproductive in the fight against tobacco

Following the decision of the Superior Court of Quebec to invalidate certain articles of law on the vape, several voices including those of the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control and Canadian Cancer Society were heard to push the government to appeal the judgment. In this context, The Quebec Association of Vapoteries proposes a statement to respond to his attacks on vaping.


VAPOTAGE, A STATUS WHICH AGAINST PRODUCTIVITY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TOBACCO


There you go! It's back for a new offensive against vaping! At least, that's what suggests Flory Doucas, of the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control, in its last article inviting the government to appeal the judgment of the Superior Court of Quebec. Wanting to attack tobacco, trying to make sure to keep any non-smoker away from tobacco, and keeping young people away from tobacco is fundamental and commendable. But here, vaping is not smoking. Vaping products are not tobacco. No offense to the coalition, the Honorable Judge Dumais mentioned in his judgment, "it seems justified that we do not associate tobacco electronic cigarette or one of its products. We want to avoid confusing them with the public. And as soon as the judgment is out, here we try again to confuse them with the public.

I repeat, the original sin of the vaper has been to bear the name of "electronic cigarette". Since that day, the amalgam has continued to be made even in laws and fears based on tobacco have been transposed on this new product that is in fact; an alternative. Tobacco causes cancer, it is well known. All the argument of fear presented and relayed in the media is echoed in the population because we probably all know from near or far a person having died of cancer or having suffered because this plague kills 1 person on 2. This represents more than 10.000 deaths each year in Quebec. But here it is, the primary reason behind this technological innovation is to save lives by keeping tobacco smokers away. That the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control attack the tobacco industry, that's good! But when this same coalition attacks an industry dedicated to tackling the scourge of tobacco, there is a problem, an inconsistency, an obvious paradox.

In addition, if the real concern is about vaping in young people, the Quebec Association of vapoteries wishes to repeat, insist and loudly proclaim that it complies with the laws in force regarding the ban on sales to minors. The specialized shops behind the recent trial are run and operated by honest entrepreneurs who have families, children and teenagers. These owners, all ex-smokers, started their business with the primary mission of helping their fellow smokers discover the alternative that worked for them. And in doing so, when ex-smokers go into business, hundreds of jobs are created, millions in taxes collected and returned to the state, and countless lives saved.

In his judgment, the Honorable Judge Dumais, highlights the effect of the drastic measures put in place on the vaping industry that go against smokers who want to learn about this alternative. The rights and freedoms of these citizens can not be violated as a precautionary principle. It takes a real danger. He calls vaping and makes it clear that it is not a danger to the same extent as tobacco. At the trial, the words of Dr. Juneau and Poirier of the Quebec Association of Cardiologists were reported:

« This is not the first time an alternative nicotine product has raised controversy. As part of our medical practice, as soon as they arrived on the market, doctors opposed the use of nicotine patches because they thought they were dangerous to health. Unfortunately, all the bad media coverage of e-cigarettes has the effect of discouraging many smokers from thinking that e-cigarettes are a valuable and safer alternative to their health, which is a shame. In the face of this new product, we hope that the Quebec government will adopt a position advocating a public health approach conducive to risk reduction, as proposed by public health in England, instead of a rather moral approach advocating complete abstinence from public health. nicotine. »

The judgment is not intended to allow advertising to minors (the federal law already frames it), it simply restores the ability of the vaping industry to pass clear information to adult smokers on this subject and to show its products. The public is constantly exposed to nicotine patches or nicotine gum ads, why should vaping be put on the shelves? success en stop smoking are far superior to his competitors. The advertising rules for tobacco are not questioned here, the fact is that the vaping products are not tobacco, so consequently, the rules surrounding it must not be the same. The judgment rendered testifies while being at the same time very nuanced, and at the same time giving again finally a little freedom to an industry which has just crossed 4 years of abusive coercion.

In closing, the Association québécoise des vapoteries is reaching out to the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control so that it understands that we are not a tobacco product, and that we are fighting for the same goals. eliminate mortality related to this social scourge.

This article is proposed by the Quebec association of vapoteries. For more information go on the official Facebook page of the association.

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