Some agendas are more clear than others. The Ontario government makes a lot of money off of the licensing of tobacco products. In theory those monies are supposed to offset the high medical costs of traditionally smoked tobacco.
E Cigs have grown exponentially with many using them as a tool to refrain from smoking and saving lives.
The thing is that not all people using e cigs are in fact consuming nicotine or tobacco. Some, in fact many, are simply using them for the ritual of smoking, and simply consuming flavored liquid.
There are no conclusive studies proving comparable deadly effects that impact us with primary or second hand cigarette smoke.
In fact most e cigs emit no detectable smells to nearby people.
Yet Premier Wynne keeps upping the ante against the industry, and essentially is endangering Ontario workers by not letting them use an alternative without any real health or scientific grounds.
The latest proposed laws:
1. Expand “no smoking rules” to apply to medical marijuana;
2. Prohibit the use of e-cigarettes – including the use of vaporizers to consume medical marijuana and testing in vape stores – in all enclosed public places, enclosed workplaces, and other specified outdoor areas;
3. Permit parents, guardians and caregivers to supply e-cigarettes to minors for medical marijuana purposes;
4. Expand the definition of “e-cigarette” to include “e-substance”;
5. Expand the list of places where e-cigarettes are prohibited for sale;
6. Establish rules for the display and promotion of e-cigarettes at places where they are sold.
There are two major issues here. With Marijuana about to become legal in Canada if you believe Premier Wynne’s good buddy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it might make sense to have some laws in place, but in reading the above it seems simply a loop hole to shutter “vape lounges” and other locations that are starting to pop up, while strangling one of the few fledgling areas of economic growth in Ontario.
Juju or Elysian sticks for example deliver marijuana oil via steam with no offshoot of smoke. If someone is prescribed medical marijuana under what grounds should they be penalized or forbidden? Should we tell diabetics not to take Metformin in public too? What danger is there in these types of products, and shouldn’t the government have some sort of actual evidence of harm before whipping out laws?
Is this a health issue or a cash issue? Are certain industries getting extra consideration at the expense of new businesses that are embracing the trends of the e-cig industry and medical marijuana?
For a province that is already under extreme debt pressure is this about our health or about cold hard cash for government coffers at the expense of local industry, from the retailers across the province to the companies that supply them?
E Steam CEO Steve Moreau stated:
Regulating where we can use electronic cigarettes like it’s a tobacco product when in fact they are designed as a harm reduction tool is like telling alcoholics they can only drink water at the pub. It doesn’t make sense. People are making a conscience decision not to use tobacco and they are being pushed back into the ” smoking pits”. Instead of penalizing those who are trying to better their lives and health we should be rewarding them ..Prohibiting testing in vape shops doesn’t make sense either. How does one know if the product is for them? How do they know which kit or e liquid they prefer without testing..We have a product which is known to reduce tobacco use and people can’t even see if it’s the right product for them..The government needs to make decisions based on the industry, the users, and the vape shop owners, and not from those who have never used the product. Decisions need to be based on FACT and not FEAR..
Ottawa Marijuana activist Russell Barth commented on the new proposed laws:
It is not based in any science. Pot is way safer than tobacco, and getting a whiff of someone’s second hand smoke or vape is about as safe as taking a whiff of perfume or weird food..This is a violation of our Charter rights as 11 court rulings have shown. It is a violation of our mobility rights as it basically sequesters medical users in their homes and causes unbelievable risks to people like my wife who needs to medicate where and when necessary.
It is illegal, plain and simple.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Are these proposed laws going too far? You can post your comments below.