E-cigarettes & Regulations

E-cigarettes & Regulations

It shouldn't be surprising that the government wants to create regulations for the vaping industry. It is, after all, a new industry and it's main product is also relatively new technology.

It took several decades for people to start asking questions around tobacco products because information just wasn't as widely available as it is today.

In a recent poll taken by the Vancouver Sun, 77% of readers supported increased regulations on vaping.

The internet and mainstream media tend to highlight the few terrible stories among the hundreds of thousands of positive ones. Not just in vaping but in anything that becomes popular very quickly.

From 2016 to 2017, there were millions of e-cigarettes circulating the globe, with hundreds of thousands of users having no problems at all. There were several people that had their devices or batteries explode - often due to excessive heat or short-circuit issues in the pocket of the individual. Of course, the media then portrayed all e-cigarettes as a potential explosive threat. Failing to mention all the other things that could potentially explode in any given household, such as blenders, pressure cookers or even laptops.

Cars have also known to burst into flames in what appears to be random incidents - sometimes there's not even a recall on the model of car involved.

There were also stories circulating of children and youngsters drinking the e-liquid causing a nicotine overdose. While that is a horrifying ordeal for any parent to go through, what the media outlets failed to explain is that the most commonly occurring sources of children getting poisoned are from household cleaners and cosmetic products - many of which do not have any safety caps or an age requirement for purchase.

So, what regulations should be put in place for vaping?

The majority of the world agrees that age should be a factor and in most countries there's an age restriction that starts between 18 and 21.

Beyond that, the regulations that Canada is trying to implement include child-proof caps on e-liquid bottles and tanks.

In Ontario, power has also been given to a specific organization to decide what flavours should be restricted and which should be allowed. Who decides what flavours could possibly be appealing to kids and which ones are only appealing to adults?

The upcoming year will bring many legal changes in many different countries. England has taken the first positive step, while several Asian countries have taken negative steps to support the tobacco economy.

How far do you think the US will go with regulations? How far do you think Canada will go?





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