It was shocking news to learn just one week ago of the first reported case of illness linked to vaping products in Canada.
In a gripping news conference, which we covered here on RegWatch, officials from the Middlesex-London Health Unit in Ontario released details, albeit limited of an Ontario teenager who was put on life-support after using a vaping device.
Dr. Chris Mackie, the region’s medical officer and CEO of health for the Middlesex-London Health Unit didn’t pull any punches regarding his assessment of the cause of the illness, which he says is simply vaping. He makes no distinction between traditional nicotine vaping and the vaping of illicit THC products which have been identified as the likely cause of the outbreak of illness and death in the United States.
During Wednesday’s news conference, Dr. Mackie was asked if he could identify the substance in question that was vaped and while acknowledging that he knew the answer he refused to make that information public. He also indicated that he knew the brand of the product, but Mackie again refused to release that information.
In this edition of RegWatch Live industry insiders Maria Papaioannoy-Duic and Jonathan Marshall discuss the controversy and their concerns over the lack of information being provided, and the incessant campaign to demonize vaping.
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Released: September 25, 2019
Produced by: Brent Stafford