|No other way to say it...|
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) [Bill 45]
And the "New and Improved" Pending Regulations [Pending Regulations]
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.
At a high level, the framework of Bill 45, Schedule 3 (Electronic Cigarette Act 2015), without drafted regulations (where exemptions "might" occur) is as follows:
- No Sales to Under 19 (one semi-agreeable point but with mixed emotion in light of a recent Yale Study which finds Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors Spurs Conventional Smoking)
- No Displays of Electronic Cigarette hardware
- No Displays of E-Liquid (with or without nicotine)
- No Listing of flavours
- No Showing consumers how to use or troubleshoot the devices
- No Vaping in Vape Shops, thus no Vape Lounges
- No Indoor Vape Meets in Public Spaces (Even if private club, a paid venue or rented space)
- No Vaping in vehicle with persons under 16 years old
Last year (about this time) we put together a short skit to demonstrate how this bill will effect retail Personal Vapourizer shops in Ontario which shows both PRE and POST Bill 45.
|Why are we revisiting this video?|
Because we have been lied to repeatedly by our Ontario Liberal Government:
|Our Concern||After the Nova Scocia Bill 60 fiasco, rumblings where being heard about Ontario making a move to regulate Electronic Cigarettes within a strict framework.|
|They Said||As published on August 19, 2014 Premier Kathleen Wynne SPECIFICALLY says "she won't rush into a decision on whether to ban electronic cigarettes in areas where smoking is already off-limits." [CBC Article]|
|Result||They lied. Bill 45, Schedule 3, The Electronic Cigarette Act 2015 went to first reading on November 24, 2014. [Bill Status] So obviously, the Health Minister's office was drafting the bill as Premier Wynne was making her statement saying they weren't.|
|They Said||Show us that second hand vapour isn't a risk and we'll reconsider allowing it in vape shops.|
|Our Response||A study was commissioned for air quality analysis in vape shops which showed well below workplace safety standards. (Around 85% below, in fact)|
|Result||They lied. They didn't care and gave no exemption for vaping in vape shops in the initial release of pending regulations.|
|Our Concern||Tobacco Control Officers were visiting Vape Shops at various locations throughout Ontario saying that the Electronic Cigarette Act regulations were already in place and that they were in violation of the law. So we contacted the Health Minister's office.|
|They Said||That's not true. They were reconsidering their first draft pending regulation and that nothing would be effective on Jan 1st 2016.|
|Result||Guess what? They lied. This puts us where we are today. Regulations are coming into force January 1, 2016. Vaping will be banned everywhere that smoking is banned, including vape shops. BUT the Pending Regulations DO specifically exempt Medical Marijuana Vaping. Not that we have a problem with the Marijuana exemption but the fact that WE VAPERS are NOT included in that exemption in our own Vape Shops is absolutely absurd.|
|Are you seeing the trend here?|
|They've Said||Don't worry, you will have and exemption for Promotion and Display in Vape Shops|
|Result||We don't know yet because the regulations released do not cover promotion and display, "yet". We've "been told" that they will come out sometime in 2016 for 2017 enforcement, but with their current track record, WE TRUST NOTHING and EXPECT more LIES. The risk of loosing promotion and display in shops is STILL very real until we see it in the regulations.|
So, despite the fact that Public Health England, a very large and globally respected Public Health Organization, published a report stating that Electronic Cigarettes are 95% safer than smoking and pose no health concern to bystanders from second hand vapour, we are being faced with outlandisly restrictive regulations in Ontario. It has become clear that we can only be dealing with one of two things in the Ontario Liberal Government. What we have is either ignorant incompetence or seismic corruption.
The Ontario Liberal Government can't even agree among themselves what they are doing. The Globe and Mail published an article on November 28, 2015 (after the pending regulations were released) where Premier Kathleen Wynne was asked what she would do "if someone used an e-cigarette to smoke medical marijuana next to her in a movie theatre", which would be allowed according to the proposed regulation. Her response was "I think I would have a problem with it, so I think we need to think this through". There is no science in her response but she "thinks" it would be a problem.
Then in that same article, Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla (Sponsor of Bill 45, Schedule 3, Electronic Cigarette Act) has said "employers or restaurant owners could still ban medical marijuana users from vaporizing on the premises."
Let's read that again. Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla says "employers or restaurant owners could still ban medical marijuana users from vaporizing on the premises." What? We've been asking for that SAME philosophy to be applied to Electronic Cigarettes since this bill was drafted, Minister Damerla!