According to CBC Newsthe Kathleen Wynne Ontario government moved with some regulations.  The changes in the regulations will make adult smokers’ switch to e-cigarettes more difficult.

This will take place on July 1. There will be “roadblocks to the province’s goal of creating a smoke-free Ontario.” One aspect of the regulations is a ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors. This is to be applied in vape shops for adults only too. The reporter states that users, adult users presumably, need to be able to test their products for potential purchase.

The ban of indoor vaping would prevent the consenting adult cigarette smokers from being able to test their electronic cigarette products in the adult-only shops.

“To some, this might seem like no big deal. But in order for people to successfully transition from smoking to vaping, they need a lot of information. Vape shop employees need to be able to show people how to use the devices,” CBC News stated, “and customers need to be able to sample the various devices and flavours in order to find something that will satiate their cravings. Otherwise, people tend to give up and go back to cigarette smoking.”

The reason for the ban: second-hand vapour. According to the reportage, little to no evidence exists for this claim for the rationale. It becomes irrational in other words. A body of research, in peer-reviewed and academic journals, confirms “little to no risk to the second-hand vapour produced by e-cigarettes.”

“In 2013, for example, doctors from the Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo, N.Y., published a study on second-hand vaping in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. They found that the second-hand nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes was 10 times lower than from regular cigarettes. Moreover, unlike with tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not produce any carbon monoxide, which can be very harmful to bystanders,” CBC News said.

One 2016 literature review looked at researc over the previous decade, at the time. There was no exclusion of “studies that used e-cigarettes with unsafe coil designs (which have now phased out), studies in which e-cigarettes were improperly run dry (resulting in the combustion of the wick) and studies that used low-quality and potentially contaminated e-liquids,” CBC News said.

Even with the major limitations in the literature review from 2016, the passive or secondary-smoke from an e-cigarette was less than the risk from a convential cigarette. Also, in the International Journal of Drug Policy that published a 2015 study, they found the nicotine residue left by tobacco cigarettes was 150 times more than the e-cigarettes.

Despite these major limitations, which bias the review against e-cigarettes, the authors concluded that, “the risk from being passively exposed to EC (e-cigarette) vapour is likely to be less than the risk from passive exposure to CC (conventional cigarette) smoke.”

CBC News explained, “But by classifying e-cigarettes as akin combustible tobacco cigarettes, the Ontario government is basically ignoring this evidence. It’s even more contradictory because the government has fully supported and funded safe injection sites for intravenous drug users, but is, at the same time, making it more difficult for smokers to access and try out e-cigarettes, which are a safe, proven harm-reduction tool.”

Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen


(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail:

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