A recent article published by CBC, “Vaping among Canadian teens doubles in 2 years, new research shows” explores the findings of a study conducted by Dr. David Hammond at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Hammond’s study concluded that youth vaping rates have doubled over the past 2 years, while youth vaping rates have remained unchanged in the UK. The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) agrees with many of the points made in this article but feels it necessary to clarify some misconceptions.
The CVA has repeatedly called for the federal government to limit nicotine concentrations to 20 milligrams per millilitre. The rise in youth vaping rates here in Canada directly correlates to the entrance of Big Tobacco vape brands, such as Juul and Vype. The vape products distributed by these brands have nicotine concentrations of 57 – 59 milligrams per millilitre, making them highly addictive, and the devices are very easily concealed. The UK has not seen a rise in youth vaping as a result of the nicotine limit that had been established in the European Union prior to the entrance of tobacco owned high nicotine vape brands; this nicotine limit meant that the high nicotine vape products distributed by companies like Juul and Vype were never able to enter the market in the UK. The CVA believes it is imperative that the Canadian government implement similar regulations in order to curb youth vaping in Canada.
Darryl Tempest, The Canadian Vaping Association – Intrado GlobeNewswire – May 7, 2020.