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SOCI Committee Schedule Confirmation

SOCI Committee Schedule Confirmation

We have received confirmation and schedule information for our slot to provide witness for the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI) on Senate Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. Two panels have been scheduled for April…

UL Announces Certification for Electronic Cigarettes

UL Announces Certification for Electronic Cigarettes

New UL 8139 provides framework to evaluate, test and certify the electrical and battery systems of electronic cigarettes NORTHBROOK, Ill., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — UL, a leading global safety science organization, is announcing acceptance of product submittals of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, for construction evaluation, testing and North American certification. The U.S.…

Youth Vape to Reduce Harm From Tobacco Cigarettes Over Availability of Flavors

Youth Vape to Reduce Harm From Tobacco Cigarettes Over Availability of Flavors

PinneyAssociates’ Analysis of FDA/NIH Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Data Rebuts Conclusion of JAMA Research Letter on Why Youth Use Vapor Products BETHESDA, Md., March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Avoiding or reducing the harm of tobacco cigarettes is the top reason youth vape, according to data from a survey by the National Institutes…

Regulator Watch Interviews Health Canada

Regulator Watch Interviews Health Canada

Brent Stanford, Executive Producer RegulatorWatch.com interviews Suzy McDonald, the Director General of the Tobacco Control Directorate‎ at Health Canada to discuss vaping regulations and Senate Bill S-5. Part 1 – Striking Balance S-5 aims to balance the issue of allowing adults, particularly adult smokers, legal access to vaping products as a likely less harmful alternative…

Clearing the air around e-cigarettes

Clearing the air around e-cigarettes

The University of Victoria (UVic news) published an article that discusses and sumarizes several points from their recent study, “Clearing the Air: A systematic review on the harms and benefits of e-cigarettes and vapour devices”. Click Here to view the full article. The Executive Summary for the report:

Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading

Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading

As noted from our previous post, Senate Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts has been introduced and is moving through the legislative process. The history and current status of the bill can be found here:  English | French Senator Petitclerc’s…

Senate Bill S-5 Completes First Reading

Senate Bill S-5 Completes First Reading

As was previously known, Heath Canada plans to move forward with regulation of vaping products with the intent to balance the need to protect young people from nicotine addiction while allowing adult smokers to legally buy vaping products and e-cigarettes to help quit smoking or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco. This news…

Do e-cigarettes cause COPD or is there a COPD epidemic in adolescents in South California?

Do e-cigarettes cause COPD or is there a COPD epidemic in adolescents in South California?

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos comments on a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care titled Electronic-cigarette Use and Respiratory Symptoms in Adolescents. The study sparked numerous media reports of exaggerated risks and statements of conclusion that were not what the study actually reported. In his article he says:  “But there is a problem with these statements.…

CBC – The Fifth Estate Investigates Electronic Cigarettes

CBC – The Fifth Estate Investigates Electronic Cigarettes

CBC’s The Fifth Estate completed a full length investigation into the world of Electronic Cigarettes. We knew they were considering an episode related to vapour products and when we saw them at an event in Toronto, interviewing businesses and consumers, we knew they were serious. What we did not know is how deep they would…

Health Canada to Regulate Vaping Products

Health Canada to Regulate Vaping Products

The Canadian Health Minister, Honourable Jane Philpott has announced intentions to move forward with regulations on vaping products. According to her statements, the move will balance the need to protect young people from nicotine addiction while allowing adult smokers to legally buy vaping products and e-cigarettes to help quit smoking or as a potentially less…