Data from across the globe has consistently indicated that bans on popular products only pushes them to the black market. On an episode of RegWatch, Daniel David, president of the Vaping Industry Trade Association of Canada (VITA) discussed this in detail in the context of the proposed national flavour ban.
The Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey has recently revealed that thanks to an increase in vaping, between 2019 and 2020 there was a 40% drop in smoking rates among young adults, from 13.3% to 8%.
This figure is encouraging for Health Canada’s smoking prevalence target of 5% for 2035. Moreover the target has already been achieved among those aged 15-19, as the smoking rate is currently no more than 5%.
Despite this, a recent press release by the Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) revealed that the Canadian Government has proposed a ban on vape flavours with the exception of tobacco, mint, and menthol.
Discussing the recently implemented flavour ban in the province of New Brunswick, the Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) said the measure had been “rushed,” and highlighted there is “little evidence” that flavour bans actually reduce youth consumption. Additionally said the group, the enactment of such bans in other regions has had dire outcomes. “The result of the ban will be a flood of black-market products, an increase in cigarette sales and smoking-related deaths. These consequences must be acknowledged.”
Diane Caruana – Vaping Post – 2022-07-19.