A few weeks back we got a good belly laugh when reading Ontario’s ‘The Making Healthier Choices Act’. In a ‘nut’shell, this archaic pronouncement treats vaping as if it were as harmful as smoking tobacco, despite escalating scientific evidence that inhaling e-cigarette vapour is not in any way associated with the negative health effects of inhaling tobacco smoke.
While we don’t usually have to state the obvious, treating vaping and smoking as equals will without doubt have the devastating result of smokers continuing to use tobacco products, thus damaging their health and undoubtedly shortening their lives.Vapers forced outside to inhale 2nd-hand smoke. That’s kind of like holding AA meetings in a bar. Click To Tweet
Never mind that Public Health England (the UK version of our Health Canada) released a study last summer that showed “best estimates show e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, and when supported by a smoking cessation support service, help most tobacco smokers quit tobacco altogether.”Best estimates show e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes #vaping Click To Tweet
And never mind that replacing cigarettes with vaping shows health benefits within weeks, and that vaping is a cost-effective life-saving smoking cessation tool. Oh no … Ontario’s Big Sister and her cohorts know what’s best for us, and apparently that means a big thumbs down to vaping.
To add insult to injury, the anti-vaping act will ban vaping in all public places, including vape shops, where customers will no longer be able to sample various e-liquids before purchasing them. Ontario could take a lesson from Calgary, where sampling e-juice is allowed by law in its vape shops.
We were hopeful that Ontario’s prohibition-type thinking was almost dead (although we were proven wrong on that score recently when that demon beer appeared on grocery store shelves, to be sold warm and by the six-pack only, lest we all run amuck and become overnight alcoholics!).
But there may be some hope on the horizon – Canada’s Charter 7 Rights prohibits ‘irrational and arbitrary restrictions’. Meanwhile, Vapors Advocates of Ontario took to the lawns of Queen’s Park once again last Saturday, protesting the latest unreasonable legislation, surrounded by lovely white clouds of harmless e-cigarette e-liquid vapour.
They’re not going down without a fight and neither are we.