National Post letter writers answer the question: "Should e-cigarettes be subject to the same restrictions as tobacco cigarettes?"
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I'm very curious to see where things go with noise over regulation and calls for outright (or more leaning that way) banning of the devices in several provinces.
Canada E-Cig law has been murky to say the least - from a technical legal standpoint anyway. When it has come to shipping across border there are loads of times a stupidly tiny amount (5-pack of kr8 cartos once i experienced this with) where they return to sender and send the recipient copies of paperwork, expressing how it was refused entry due to controlled substance (yep that would be nicotine).
Hmmmm, I wonder if the dickhead PM Stephen Harper is buddies with big pharma? Funny that they were snubbed out before arriving so no public discussion or awareness even really developed until recently. Now however there are vape shops all over the place (and a ton of online vendors, ejuice boutiques etc.) all of which is technically - as it almost always DOES yes have that evil horror of horrors that is nicotine in it.
What makes it most interesting though is I tend to think that the way things are at present in Canada - what amounts to a fairly 'out in the open' (growing increasingly fast) grey-market. I has a sense it is a bit like things would be in the USA should the FDA eventually say "out with the vapes!" - the scenario in Canada I would argue practically guarantees it would just keep on operating - perhaps with nicotine 'under the counter' ...
To many people not only rely on these things to stay off smoking but - to put it bluntly - too many people LOVE vaping for them to 'go away' even if they are whatever happen - I expect over 80% of current users would simply get whatever they need from online sources more exclusively at worst - but I really don't see any attempt to regulate out of existence or similar having much effect period... people who have vaped for any length of time I think would just feel how clearly unreasonable (bordering on reprehensible) such a rule - a law - would feel (and be).
The E-Cig 'cat' is out of (pandoras) box 'bag' - for way too long now to think it can be swept under the rug. No, I expect things to keep going well for the majority of the industry (in both Canadian and US sites) . Head over to http://www.cigarettesbrands.com/ to learn more on the topic and to keep up to date, http://www.cigarettesbrands.com/ecig-faq/vaping-vs-smoking-comparison/
Long live VAPING and the inevitable evolution and growing scope of the many sub-groups and segmented types of devices, users, preferences and much else... i truly doubt in 5 years the main discussion will be E-Cigs vs Vaping. Having become an original activity, hobby, culture and much besides - with ultimately very very little in common with cigarettes.