What's Happening?

The Edmonton Police Service has partnered with the University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing to tackle youth vaping and as the first week of July, 2019 began to visit vape shops to demand that owners sign a contract that would effectively force them to no longer sell flavoured vaping products.

  • The EPS justified their action by claiming that under the provincial Alberta Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act vaping products are tobacco products, which subjects flavoured vaping products to the same bans on display, promotion and sale as flavoured tobacco products. This justification, however, is at odds with the interpretation of other governments-namely the City of Edmonton and the federal government.
  • In an effort telling of its understanding of the provincial law, the City of Edmonton passed a motion on July 3, 2019 to lobby the federal government for more stringent vaping advertising regulations. This move suggest that the City of Edmonton holds a different understanding of the law than the EPS. For if no vaping products were allowed, then why would City seek to have stricter advertising regulations?
  • In fact, Alberta's provincial law does not directly address vaping at all, but federal law does. In May 2018, the federal government passed vaping regulations which clearly distinguish between vaping and smoking on the basis of their different risk profiles and the potential they hold to help smokers quit.

While the EPS has the right intention, they have clearly overlooked the adult smoking population in their efforts to protect youth. IN doing so they are jeopardizing the progress that thousands of adult vapers have made to quit smoking. Given the drastic health implications of tobacco use, serious consideration should also be given to adult smokers and other avenues should be explored to prevent youth from accessing these products.

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Edmonton Police Flavour Ban
The Edmonton Police Service has partnered with the University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing to tackle youth vaping and as the first week of July, 2019 began to visit vape shops to demand that owners sign a contract that would effectively force them to no longer sell flavoured vaping products.