Experts Debate Vaping As A Tool For Harm Reduction
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May 10, 2017
EXPERTS DEBATE VAPING AS A TOOL FOR HARM REDUCTION
TORONTO – The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) hosted a panel of experts through the Economic Club of Canada for a debate on vaping as a tool for harm reduction.
Following the federal government’s changes to the Tobacco Act to give vaping a category under Bill S-5, experts from all sides of the argument convened to express their support or concern.
Panelists MPP Arthur Potts, Douglas Elliot, Michael Perley, and Dr. Mark Tyndall spoke to the various aspects of vaping including current science, protecting children, the opportunity vaping presents for harm reduction, and the Bill S-5 legislation.
Moderated by Lisa Kinsella, managing partner of Daisy Consulting Group, the panel thoroughly discussed the science and research behind vaping and how Bill S-5 will help to protect Canadians.
“When it’s clear that there’s something harmful over here versus something that is clearly safer, you don’t wait for a 30-year study. You start taking action now to promote the safer alternative,” said Elliot, a leading expert on public law and class actions, with respect to vaping.
Potts, MPP for East York-Beaches, agrees with the possible advantages. “I don’t know what the long term might look like for vaping but for now, if it’s getting people off of something that is causing cancer, I think it’s something that needs to be embraced and regulated,” he said.
Tyndall, who is an advocate and leader for public health in Canada, agreed with this sentiment, stating, “The stakes are so high, with 4.5 million Canadians that could potentially benefit from it, so there’s an opportunity here. People and vapers want more information about it but we shouldn’t be cautionary towards it like we are with cigarettes.”
There was also discussion about protecting children from vaping, which the CVA supports, and Perley agrees. “I believe there should be a ban on access to vaping products for children under 19. Smoking as little as a pack a day can addict a teenager for the long-term and even if they’re being exposed to nicotine through a vape it can lead to the possibility of becoming addicted to it,” said Perley, who has been a leader on campaigns in support of smoke-free workplaces and public place bylaws and legislation across Canada.
When speaking in the Senate about Bill S-5 on April 12, 2017, the federal Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, also noted the potential benefits for vaping, stating that “[vaping products] are less harmful than tobacco products and they have the potential to bring about public health benefits if they reduce tobacco-related death and disease.”
The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) is a national, not-for-profit organization established in 2014. The CVA was founded to represent an emerging industry in Canada, the many business people looking to succeed in that industry, and the thousands of Canadians for whom vaping became a life-saving alternative to smoking.
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