A Big Win: Ontario Suspends Aggressive Vaping Regulations
Ontario Suspends Aggressive Vaping Regulations
The new Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, has halted the Canadian anti-vapor laws that went into effect July 1st of this year. The regulations, according to the Premier's office, are paused for the purposes of review, so that the new legislation can "get a handle on the impact of health measures" that the vaping industry presents.
Ontario is home to over 900,000 vaping users.
Ford's spokesman, Simon Jefferies, said Wednesday, "The changes to the Smoke Free Ontario Act are being paused to give the new government the opportunity to carefully review the new regulations related to vaping."
The newly-led government aims to "work with the public, experts, and businesses to reexamine the evidence related to vaping as a smoking-cessation tool." Changes to the Smoke Free Ontario Act would relay on the basis that regulations should "support and protect Ontarians' health and safety."
Maria Papaioannoy-Duic of Vapor Advocates of Ontario hailed Ford's decision.
"We’re excited that the government led by Premier Doug Ford and new Health Minister Christine Elliott (has) recognized our efforts and (has) paused the implementation of these regulations... We have the utmost confidence that they are going to look at the regulations based on science and not guesswork, ” said Papaioannot-Duic.
Papaioannot-Duic and her cohorts, along with millions of vapers worldwide, have been publicly arguing for years that vaping is in fact safer than tobacco and is an effective tool to forward smoking cessation.
The Canadian Vaping Association president, Shaun Casey, was pleased by the government's decision, and had this to say: "The provincial regulations need to align with Health Canada's stance on vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking to ensure the industry is clear on the legal expectations from both levels of government... We are working towards a framework of regulations that keep vapor products accessible to adult smokers looking to support harm-reduction through specialty shops where they can safely sample products and receive training on their devices from experts in an adult-only environment.”
Regulations for vaping then, should still be enforced strictly for those underage and so forth, but smoking-cessation will only be hindered by regulations that limit vaping in the adult arena.
What does this mean for Ontario, today?
From CanadaVapes.com: This means there are currently no laws against vaping inside, including bars, restaurants, hotels, etc. unless specified by the individual establishment. It is always a polite and good idea to ask for permission before using your vape in any indoor public area.
You must be at least 19 years of age to purchase e-cigarettes and vaping supplies.