Health Canada Nicotine Cap Regulations

R4V Consumer Submission: Dave Jones.

The proposed Concentration of Nicotine in Vaping Products Regulations (proposed Regulations) would establish a maximum nicotine concentration of 20 mg/mL for vaping products manufactured or imported for sale in Canada and prohibit the packaging and sale of vaping products if the nicotine concentration displayed on the package exceeds that value. 

I don’t support this proposal of limiting the nicotine concentration to 20mg. As a vaping consumer who transitioned from a 40 year smoking habit through vaping and now 8 year smoke free. I started at 28mg and then transitioned lower over the years to where I vape 0 to 3mg now. If I was to stop smoking with this limit in place now at 20mg I would still be smoking and never continue my journey to a non smoker. I would suggest if there is a limit it be at a minimum of 36mg with an engagement with vapers to discuss the proper level.

Lowering the maximum concentration of nicotine allowed in vaping products is expected to contribute to reducing the appeal of these products to youth, which would help address the rapid rise in youth vaping.

Based on CSTADs and Statscan results youth vaping is declining and will be even less during the 2020/21 year with lockdowns and more parental supervision in place. Youth smoking is at record low levels and declining. It is illegal for youth to vape and existing age restrictions should be enforced. 

 

Thank You

Dave Jones

Ottawa Vaping Advocates

(Major Retd RCAF)

Testified at HESA 2014, Bill 45 and Senate SOCI Bill S5

 

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