Bill S-5, will amend both the Non-smokers’ Health Act of 1988 and the Tobacco Act of 1997, and change how vaping and tobacco products are sold and marketed Last November, renowned public health expert and chair of the advisory committee of the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, David Sweanor, said that this bill would work against the interests of public health.
This legislation puts “really huge barriers in the way of the majority of smokers who say they want to quit,” said Sweanor, “We shouldn’t be doing that for a product that is killing so many people, we need to offer [smokers] something that reduces the risk,” he added.
Sweanor has been striving to develop tobacco-control laws in Canada and around the world for the last 30 years, and has received the prestigious Ottawa’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award in 2016. In an article he wrote on Troy Media last August, the professor said that sadly many smokers have been facing significant obstacles by the authorities just to be able to obtain and use safer alternatives such as electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
Bill S-5, forbids e-liquid vendors from adding substances such as caffeine, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics in their liquids, and more importantly it bans confectionery, dessert, and cannabis e-liquid flavors. On the other hand, public health experts have been pointing out that while the utmost must be done to prevent kids’ accessibility to obtaining such products, making them unavailable to adults will have negative consequences.
Flavours encourage adults to quit smoking
It is a known fact that many smokers are encouraged to try the safer alternatives because of the wide array of flavours available. And Research from Yale School of Public Health and the Centre for Health Policy at the Imperial College in London, published late last year, confirmed just this.
The research was conducted with the help of 2,000 adult smokers and recent quitters. “Our results are timely and policy-relevant, suggesting which flavor bans are likely to be most effective in protecting public health,” said the researchers last October.
The data collected indicated that if flavours had to be banned in e-cigarettes and allowed in regular cigarettes, vaping would decline by over 10%. On the other hand, banning e-liquid flavours would stir many former smokers back to smoking regular cigarettes, hence increase cancer and mortality rates.
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