Will Restricting Flavour Options Eliminate Youth Uptake of E-cigarettes?

Will Restricting Flavour Options Eliminate Youth Uptake of E-cigarettes?

November 03, 2019

Axios reported on Friday that the Trump administration may move to ban all flavoured e-liquid except for tobacco and menthol as soon as next week. There are similar rumblings in Canada, with some legislators and public health officials unashamedly stating that their reason for wanting a flavour ban is that they know kids like flavour.

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Is Restricting Sales to Specialty Vape Shops the Answer to Youth Uptake?

Is Restricting Sales to Specialty Vape Shops the Answer to Youth Uptake?

October 28, 2019

There is a lot of talk in the news and among legislators of reducing the use of e-cigarettes by youth. Let’s examine the proposal to restrict sales of vape products to specialty vape shops and the impact it may have on youth uptake. 

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The Scoop on Mechanical Mods

The Scoop on Mechanical Mods

October 24, 2019

A mechanical mod is any mod that operates without any chips or wires. It can be a box or a tube mod, a single or multiple battery unit. It works by the mod itself becoming part of the circuit. Let's have a quick look at some of the variations.

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Vaping Panic Ignores How E-Cigarettes Save Lives

Vaping Panic Ignores How E-Cigarettes Save Lives

October 04, 2019

H.L. Mencken defined Puritanism as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." The rub against vaping, and other smokeless tobacco products, is that people enjoy it. (Steven Greenhut, Reason)

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Vape Bans & Lung Disease: Picking Through the Feds' Framing

Vape Bans & Lung Disease: Picking Through the Feds' Framing

October 03, 2019

"And whatever the FDA does from here, combustible cigarettes will be left unscathed and widely accessible. Almost half a million Americans die from smoking-related causes each year, and more than half a million have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point in their lives. And vapers are implicitly being encouraged to return to smoking." (Michael McGrady)

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The FDA Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes Based on a Nonexistent 'Epidemic'

The FDA Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes Based on a Nonexistent 'Epidemic'

October 03, 2019

The main justification for state and federal bans on flavored e-cigarettes is the "epidemic" of underage vaping, which former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb worried might result in "a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine." (Jacob Sullum article in Reason.)

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Saving Some Lives: Sacrificing Others

Saving Some Lives: Sacrificing Others

September 24, 2019

The most exciting part of the vaping industry in the early days was the passionate conviction that any smoker willing to give vaping a decent shot could be convinced to put away the cigarettes for good

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Soulkeeper Review

Soulkeeper Review

September 16, 2019

A lot of people who will be happy to see a tube mod on the market that’s not a mech. Let's take a closer look at the UWell Soulkeeper.

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Letter to our Health Minister

Letter to our Health Minister

September 12, 2019

We always endeavour to be completely transparent with our community about our own advocacy efforts. This is our most recent letter to the Health Minister of Canada with regards to the conflation of THC health related events in the United States and the e-cigarette market.

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Can We Stop Blaming Parents for Teenage Behaviour?

Can We Stop Blaming Parents for Teenage Behaviour?

September 11, 2019

We should be empathizing with parents whose kids get caught vaping, not shaming them or punishing them. We’re parents on both sides. 

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Over-regulating e-cigarettes hurts those who need them most

Over-regulating e-cigarettes hurts those who need them most

September 09, 2019

In North America, we're faced with some of the same issues and would do well to consider the role of regulation and the care that must be taken in crafting it, so as not to shut out all but the biggest players and/or stifle innovation. 

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Some Practical Things You Can Do

Some Practical Things You Can Do

September 03, 2019

A lot of people don’t see a space for them at the advocacy level, in part because advocacy has been presented as a limited set of activities. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to have an impact that are broadly accessible. 

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