It’s got to be a least five years (maybe longer) since I saw my first ‘vape’ shop. At first I wasn’t quite sure what it was. Now vape/e-cigarette stores are popping up all over but they’ve been caught in ‘regulation limbo’. Municipalities and provinces have been fumbling with how to deal with the product. Health Canada has yet to authorize them for ‘legal’ sale which obviously hasn’t stopped stores from selling them.
Now Ottawa says it will come up with regulations by this fall. It’s about time. Legitimate businesses have stressed the need for industry guidelines to insure the products are safe and are kept out of the hands of children.
The City of Calgary believes e-cigarettes should be treated just like tobacco when it comes to selling and using the product with the exception that stores can allow adults to test them before purchasing.
The lack of movement on the federal side is a classic example of the molasses pace at which the federal government moves. Decisions on how to deal with health products (in this case I believe e-cigs are an alternative for smokers trying to quit) should not be left on the shelf to accumulate dust … or in this case vapor.