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February 26, 2020 - Lethbridge Sun Times/Shopper - page 52


The Government of Canada is investigating the emergence of vaping-associated lung illness, also known as severe pulmonary illness, associated with vaping.


People are encouraged to not use


vaping products obtained illegally, including any products that contain cannabis. In a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, clinicians took lung fluid samples of people presenting with what were identified as “vaping related lung illness”. It was determined that 94% of the samples taken had detectable levels of THC and Vitamin E acetate. By comparison, they also tested 99 patients that smoked either combustible cigarettes or vaping devices purchased from dedicated e-cigarette stores. Not a single one of these samples contained THC or Vitamin E acetate.


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In fact, the Royal College of Physicians concluded that vaping was 95% less harmful than tobacco. This study found that toxicological, clinical, and epidemiological evidence all indicates that chemicals found in nicotine e-liquid vapour are well below the levels of chemicals present in cigarette smoke. “The available data suggests that [the chemicals in vape products] are unlikely to exceed 5% of those associated with combusted tobacco products.”


As well, studies documented improved


physiological outcomes among smokers who switched to vaping; including reduced blood pressure, improved lung function, and fewer smoking related disease symptoms. Studies also show that, despite the presence of nicotine, vaping produces less dependence than smoking.


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Although cigarette users smoke for the nicotine, it is the tar and various toxic chemicals that causes illness. In particular, tar causes tremendous harm. It is the tar, not the nicotine, that increases a smoker’s likelihood of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and pulmonary diseases. Without the tar and cancer-causing compounds released by the combustion process, nicotine at the doses combustible tobacco users are exposed to causes minimal harm. Thus, if all smokers


transitioned to consumption of nicotine without tar and tobacco combustion, millions of lives could be saved.


The entry of big tobacco vape brands


through convenience stores changed the Canadian marketplace for nicotine e-liquid. On February 7, 2020 an op-ed published by the Toronto Star titled, “Vaping is a widespread issue. Stop making convenience stores a convenient scapegoat”, leads readers to believe that the rise in youth vaping is of no fault of the convenience store association. Cherry picked statistics and the omission of facts make convenience stores look like victims of senseless legislation.


Youth experimentation with vaping


products grew substantially in tandem with increased access in 2018. This increased access in non-age restricted environments, and the introduction of tobacco owned vape brands, such as Juul and Vype are the only factors that changed at the time of the rise of youth vaping rates. These tobacco owned vaping products have extremely high nicotine content, up to 59 mg/ml, compared to age restricted specialty vape shops who on average sell e-liquids containing between 3 to 9 mg/ml of nicotine.


Additionally, dedicated vape stores have


personnel knowledgeable in the field, and provides education to transition adult smokers to vaping, typically applying an incremental method. In these environments, adult smokers are provided with a liquid that has equivalent nicotine to their typical intake levels based on the amount they smoke. From here it is suggested that they then gradually decrease the nicotine concentration, thus making it easier to eventually quit vaping as well. Convenience stores don’t offer the low strengths that are available to consumers in vape shops, typically carrying only the tobacco brand vape products with nicotine strengths of 17.5 mg/ml and above. This makes it very difficult for adult smokers who transition to vape products sold through these access points to eliminate nicotine completely, instead ensuring that consumers become addicted to these high nicotine vape products.


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