There's been a lot of focus on Bill S-5 here in Canada in the last two months as it passed the half-way point of coming into effect.
Some of you may have seen a couple of petitions floating around Facebook and vape-related online forums - if you haven't seen them and would like to check them out, I have attached the links at the bottom of this article.
The reason so many people are against Bill S-5 is that it takes e-cigarettes and the vaping industry and, while it does define it separately to that of tobacco products, it still lumps them all in the same category under the Tobacco Act.
The Tobacco Act exists to protect the general public against the severe health risks associated with smoking cigarettes. Even with all the studies and research backing e-cigarettes (look at many of our previous articles) as a healthier alternative to smoking combustible cigarettes, Health Canada will have the power to regulate the e-cigarette industry as it sees fit.
That means they could potentially make it near-impossible for vendors in the industry to function in Canada.
If you're still a little unsure of what Bill S-5 is, here's a video that discusses it and how it affects Canadians.
If you were looking for the petition against Bill S-5, here it is: