Open Letter to Senate of Canada

Posted by The Vapemate Team on 3/7/2017 to Industry
Today we sent off a few letters to our Canadian Senators, hoping to get some answers and clarifications 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, which was introduced for first reading on November 22nd, 2016.

We wanted to share the contents of one in hopes that it might provide you with some ideas or insight to your own actions and communication with our legislator. This bill IS going to pass through the Senate, House of Commons and eventually get Royal Assent. It's up to us and the Legislators to ensure that it is the best that it can possibly be by the time the regulations roll out.

Here is out initial letter...

Senate Bill S-5, a prelude to prohibition

Posted by The Vapemate Team on 3/5/2017 to Industry
Senate Bill S-5, a prelude to prohibition
 Call to ACTION for Canadian Vapers and Smokers

In Canada, 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 was introduced for first reading on November 22nd, 2016.

This Bill has many points of significant concern and potentially catastrophic ramifications for not only the industry but to you and your rights to vaping products and harm reduction as a Canadian citizen. When the bill was first released, there were a few items of potential concern but after a Legal Assessment of the bill it became quite clear that the legislators do not understand the purpose of vaping products and they are giving themselves the ability to regulate vaping right out of existence.

The short of the long is… If this bill were to pass today, regulations placed in the hands of the wrong people could result in a complete shutdown of the independent industry and the only remaining player would be Big Tobacco. Thousands of jobs will be lost and 40,000 Canadians will continue to die from smoking related illnesses, every year.

We must ALLTAKE ACTION and take it NOW!

We need to educate the legislators about vaping products and explain the ramifications of what this bill is proposing. We don't care HOW or WHAT you do, just please help do "something" or the future of vaping in Canada is looking very bleak. This article contains some ideas and methods that you can use to help make that happen.

Dragon Slayers - Powering the Public Health War on Vaping

Posted by The VapeMate Team on 1/9/2016 to Industry

DRAGON SLAYERS - POWERING THE PUBLIC HEALTH WAR ON VAPING

REG WATCH (E22)

Over the past 150 years’ great battles were fought and won against infectious disease, deplorable living conditions and hazards on the road. Major progress was made, but there are still dragons to be slayed and the fiercest and most formidable, is smoking.

In this episode of RegWatch hear from tobacco control expert David Sweanor. He’s spent the last 30-years on the front lines in the battle against smoking and he thinks e-cigarettes could be one of the biggest breakthroughs ever in public health. So, RegulatorWatch.com reached out to ask why so many of his anti-smoking colleagues seem to disagree.

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Produced By: Brent Stafford
Released on Jan 9, 2016

A Conference with Mike Siegel, MD

Posted by The VapeMate Team on 1/5/2016 to Industry

E-Cigarettes & Vaporizers - A Conference with Mike Siegel, MD

January 4, 2016 - Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Hosts a Conference with Dr Mike Siegel of Boston University.

Dr. Siegel's Blog: http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/
Michael Siegel - Boston University: http://www.bu.edu/experts/profiles/michael-siegel/

Michael is a physician who completed his residency in Preventive Medicine at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and trained in epidemiology for two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta before coming to Boston. His primary research interest is in the area of tobacco control, focusing on secondhand smoke health effects, exposure, and policies, cigarette advertising and marketing practices and their effects on youths, and evaluation of tobacco control policies and their impact on youth and adult smoking behavior. His primary teaching is in the areas of mass communication, marketing, and public health advocacy. He is co-author of a book, entitled “Marketing Public Health: Strategies to Promote Social Change,” that grew out of his teaching experience at the School. He has been active in promoting smoke-free bar and restaurant policies throughout the country and has served as an expert witness in several major tobacco litigation cases.

Michael Siegel - Conference

Ontario Delays Vaping Regulations

Posted by The VapeMate Team on 1/3/2016 to Industry

GLIMMER OF HOPE? - ONTARIO DELAYS VAPING REGULATIONS, REST OF THE COUNTRY BRACES

REG WATCH (E20)

The hammer fell hard on vapers in 2015 as provincial governments across Canada began passing new draconian legislation intended to strictly regulate the use and sale of vapour products.

But, while glimmers of hope emerged in the final weeks of the year, with the Ontario government announcing it would delay key aspects of its new regulatory regime and British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledging the health benefits of vaping…it’s hard to overstate the challenges facing vapers as the calendar turns to 2016.

In today’s episode learn the real-deal on the Ontario provincial government’s delay and what it could mean for vapers across the country – only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

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Produced By: Brent Stafford
Released on December 20, 2015

Open Letter to Hon. Dipika Damerla

Posted by The VapeMate Team on 12/15/2015 to Industry
An Open Letter regarding the pending regulations for Bill 45, Schedule 3 (Electronic Cigarettes Act 2015) direct to sponsor, Hon. Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (ddamerla.mpp@liberal.ola.org) as well as:
We will provide updates here as and if we receive any response(s).
  • Jan 13th, 2016 - Response received from Minister Bill Walker.  We already knew his position as being positive toward Electronic Cigarettes and against Bill 45, Sch 3 (ECA).  The response was quite positive and started with: "Thank you for writing and pointing out the pitfalls of Bill 45. I share your concerns, and did voice them directly with Minister Damerla in meetings and in the Legislature during debate on her bill."  He also requested a copy of any response we may receive from the Associate Health Minister, which we will provide (if one ever comes). We thank him for his support!

From: VapeMate Team [mailto:sales@vapemate.com] 
Sent: December-15-15 6:09 PM
To: ddamerla.mpp@liberal.ola.org; ehoskins.mpp@liberal.ola.org; kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org; csousa.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Cc: SCMPP@ndp.on.ca; bill.walker@pc.ola.org; fgelinas-qp@ndp.on.ca
Subject: Bill 45, Sch 3 (ECA) and Regulations
 
Dear Honourable Ministers, and Members of Parliament,
 
I find myself writing to you today with regard to Bill 45, Schedule 3 (Electronic Cigarette Act).  I have gone through the regulations and from what I can see with the regulations, I along with many others, we have reason for concern.

Ontario Bill 45, Sch 3 Pending Regulations

Posted by The VapeMate Team on 12/2/2015 to General
URGENT - Call to Action

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have quit smoking in the last few years with the aid of Electronic vaporizers. The government of Ontario has passed Bill 45 (Royal Assent on May 28, 2015) that effectively classifies these devices as a tobacco product. Vaping is NOT smoking. There is no smoke nor tobacco in a vape and the science is quickly catching up with the technology.

On January 1st regulations go into effect in Ontario that will harm the success of those wishing to make the switch from smoking to vaping. Retailers will no longer be allowed to have their customers test the products in store, which is essential to the success of each person quitting smoking. Vape retailers agree that the vaping industry needs regulations. They however believe that the regulations need to be based on fact and research and not hidden agendas. The Government of Ontario says that they want a smoke free Ontario but they have granted exemptions for big tobacco.

There will be a Rally held at Queen's Park on December 5th, 2015. PLEASE! We NEED your help!

We're Getting Screwed

Posted by The VapeMate Team on 12/2/2015 to General
WE ARE GETTING SCREWED

You read it right. Vapers in Ontario are definitely getting screwed by our Liberal Government.

Let's review Bill 45, Schedule 3 (Electronic Cigarette Act 2015) [click here]
And the "New and Improved" Pending Regulations [click here]

We have been repeatedly lied to and I think we need to take a very real, hard second look a video that was done back in December 2014 (shortly after Bill 45 was first introduced). It depicts how the framework of Bill 45 reads (in the absence of regulations).

The Ontario Liberal Government needs to be called out on the floor, publicly in parliament.

The Electronic Cigarette Act 2014 Means...

Posted by The VapeMate Team on 12/21/2014 to Industry

What exactly does Ontario Bill 45 (Making Healthier Choices Act, 2014), Schedule 3 (Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2014) mean to retailers? Here's a re-cap:

Bill 45 News Release: http://goo.gl/mA4xif
Bill 45 Details: http://goo.gl/CEnrL7

We've put together a short skit to demonstrate how this will effect retail Personal Vapourizer shops in Ontario which shows both PRE and POST Bill 45.

Dave Sweanor on Sirius XM

Posted by The VapeMate Team on 12/19/2014 to General

Canada's very own, Professor David Sweanor (Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa) talks Electronic Cigarettes on The Todd Shapiro Show: Episode 199, Sirius XM Channel 168

David Sweanor has spearheaded the development of world-leading tobacco control initiatives in Canada since the 1980s, first as counsel to the Non-Smokers Rights Association and then as an independent consultant. He played a key role in Canadian efforts on, among other things, tobacco taxation, advertising restrictions, package warnings, environmental tobacco smoke, smoking cessation, litigation and product regulation

David is a globally recognized expert on tobacco and public health issues. He has been active since the 1980s on these issues, working with bodies such as the World Health Organization, World Bank, Pan American Health Organization, International Union Against Cancer and numerous governments, foundations, law firms, and non-governmental organizations.

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