Let’s make ‘vapin’ in the boys room’ a thing of the past

Young people are getting hooked on vaping, despite the many unknowns. We need to develop effective counter programs before it's too late

Let’s make ‘vapin’ in the boys room’ a thing of the pastIn 1973, the band Brownsville Station released the song Smokin’ in the Boys Room. At the time, nearly half of Canadian adults and teens smoked. Reports had been coming out for years about the dangers of tobacco use but smoking was still seen as a cool thing to do. Over the next several decades, the…

Lack of vaping product marketing regulations endangers kids

Vaping comes with serious health risks, just like other tobacco products, but the Ontario government doesn't seem to care

Lack of vaping product marketing regulations endangers kidsAs a clinician and researcher in the field of tobacco control, what I see happening with vaping marketing and promotion is déjà vu of the very worst kind. It’s pervasive and insidious. And in Ontario, we’re failing our youth by permitting it. Over the last 30 years, we have fought many policy battles with the…

West Edmonton Mall IQOS store to sell heat-not-burn tobacco products

Ongoing expansion is part of Philip Morris International’s goal to replace cigarettes with smoke-free products

West Edmonton Mall IQOS store to sell heat-not-burn tobacco productsA unique store selling a smoke-free alternative to conventional cigarettes is opening a flagship location today in the West Edmonton Mall. The store, operated by Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc., sells the IQOS product that is designed to help people quit smoking. IQOS is an electronic device that heats tobacco instead of burning it. The store has…

What Is The US’ Stance On eCigarettes

Vaping is still a fairly grey area as far as legislation is concerned, with laws changing consistently across the globe

What Is The US’ Stance On eCigarettesWith the sheer speed in which vaping and e-cigarette use has spread across the globe, it’s no surprise that regulation and legislation have been put into place to help combat the potential health risks. While e cig use is still a mostly grey area in terms of the health benefits or potential long-term risks, as…

Not just blowing smoke: why governments should embrace vaping

Instead of moving to group e-cigarettes with tobacco products, new legislation should recognize the health benefits of vaping over smoking

Not just blowing smoke: why governments should embrace vapingThe growing government push to restrict vaping will only worsen the cigarette-related health crisis in Canada. On the federal level, Bill S5 remains before the Senate, more than a year after it was introduced in that house. The bill is intended to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act, primarily to regulate the…

A burning need for visionary pragmatism on nicotine

Nicotine is both the problem and the solution to smoking and the epidemic can be stopped by using non-combustion alternatives

A burning need for visionary pragmatism on nicotineAt the end of July, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did something remarkable – even revolutionary. It decided to behave in a rational way about nicotine – embracing a sensible harm-reduction approach. Canada would do well to follow. Instead, Canada has been focused on risk aversion where nicotine is concerned – and…

Ottawa set to muzzle access to scientific data on vaping

Shades of Stephen Harper: Bill S-5 prohibits sharing scientific information comparing the health effects of smoking cigarettes with vaping

Ottawa set to muzzle access to scientific data on vapingCALGARY, Alta. Mar. 1, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Remember when former prime minister Stephen Harper was accused of muzzling scientists? Apparently little has changed under the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau. The CBC reported in the spring of 2015 that Harper's government had brought in “strict procedures around how its scientists are allowed to speak about their research to the…

Snuffing out vaping is counterproductive

E-cigarettes can save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians and billions of taxpayer dollars, says the Canadian Constitution Foundation

Snuffing out vaping is counterproductiveCALGARY, Alta. Feb. 24, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Government moves to discourage vaping deny Canadians access to proven harm reduction technology. The Canadian Constitution Foundation's just-released report Vaping and the Law surveys and compares vaping legislation from across Canada. Unless you’re a smoker or former-smoker, you may not know what vaping is. E-cigarettes are battery-operated, electronic devices that…

Vaping, like aspartame, victim of bogus consumer fears

Consumer fears are too often misdirected toward new innovations rather than the known harms they might reduce

Vaping, like aspartame, victim of bogus consumer fearsBy Adam R. Houston and David Sweanor Contributors Troy Media OTTAWA, Ont. Aug. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The public panic around aspartame highlights a worrying trend. Fears are too often misdirected toward new innovations rather than the known harms they might reduce. Pepsi recently reintroduced its signature cola with aspartame. The artificial sweetener was removed less…

E-cigarettes are a critical tool in the war on smoking

Any movement to ban or curtail vaping fails to acknowledge the value that e-cigarettes have as harm-reduction devices

E-cigarettes are a critical tool in the war on smokingOTTAWA, Ont. July 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The war on electronic cigarettes is a misguided attack on a clear harm-reduction product. A recent editorial, [popup url="http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2016/07/18/cmaj.160728.full.pdf" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Electronic cigarettes and youth: a gateway that must be shut[/popup], in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) says that Ontario youth are flocking to e-cigarettes or vaping…