Provincial Health Ministers need to make sure they aren’t being misled about the “vaping crisis”

Provincial Health Ministers need to make sure they aren’t being misled about the “vaping crisis”

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TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Shai Bekman, founder and president of DashVapes Inc., the largest manufacturer of nicotine-based vaping liquids in Canada, has today written to all Provincial Health Ministers, asking them to look into why, after 10 years of no serious health problems related to vaping, all of a sudden, there are now 28 deaths and more than 1,300 people who are allegedly suffering lung-related illnesses all across North America.

“The Centers for Disease Control has determined that almost all of the current health issues are linked to people vaping THC-based [cannabis] products, and other Black Market products that are not manufactured in a quality-controlled laboratory,” says Mr. Bekman.

“We are seeing governments at the provincial and municipal levels, right down to local police departments, making rules to put vaping stores out of business, without adequate investigation of the so-called public health crisis caused by vaping,” says Mr. Bekman.

“Where a patient claims to become ill from vaping, that e-cartridge should be sent for forensic analysis. A physician should confirm what was in the vaping cartridge—in the interest of public health—and not hide behind doctor-patient confidentiality,” says Mr. Bekman.

“In my letter to the Ministers, I encourage ministers of health, public servants, and the media to seek better and clearer information to educate the public,” says Mr. Bekman.

DashVapes Inc. has been diligently reporting on this so-called vaping crisis and we have produced a series of videos, on the DashVapes YouTube channel.

“Two issues we believe merit more media attention are: the Black Market as a source of dangerous and illegal products and the issue of flavoured vaping products attracting underage vapers,” says Mr. Bekman.

“Many bootleg THC products come from China. Similarly, over the past 15 years, we have seen bootleg infant formula, pet food, and toothpaste that have been traced back to China,” says Mr. Bekman.

“Here’s an example where we challenge the disinformation of the story of Ben Camarillo was interviewed by ABC affiliate “News 7” in Amarillo, Texas,” says Mr. Bekman.

“Mr. Camarillo was admitted to hospital with a severe lung-related illness due to vaping THC cartridges [cannabis], yet the news broadcast blamed it on nicotine vaping. There are more examples of people vaping Black Market THC products, especially in U.S. states where cannabis is not legal,” says Mr. Bekman. In the U.S., vaping THC products is a misdemeanor for the first offense, and a felony for the second and subsequent offenses.

DashVapes’ video explains the correlation between age and flavours. The sales data shows that age groups 30 to 39 and 40 to 49 enjoy flavours the most, as they want to quit the taste of smoking tobacco. “Banning flavours is only going to create an even bigger Black Market for these products,” says Mr. Bekman.

“We all need to remember that the main purpose of vaping nicotine-based products,” Mr. Bekman says, “is to help 4.6 million Canadians to quit smoking combustible tobacco.”

About DashVapes Inc.

DashVapes Inc.,Canada’s largest independently owned e-cigarette company, operates 12 vape retail stores in Ontario and British Columbia. In addition, DashVapes operates an international website that serves customers in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Australia.

DashVapes operates two ISO-9001, cGMP, HACCP certified, purpose-built laboratories for the manufacturing of Nicotine E-Liquid, with manufacturing facilities in Markham, Ontario, and Burnaby, British Columbia.

DashVapes was founded in 2013 by President Shai Bekman, who smoked 40 cigarettes per day (1.5-2 packs) for 13 years. While he wanted to quit smoking, nothing worked for him until he tried vaping. He started DashVapes to give smokers the choice of a less harmful alternative to cigarettes.

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Manufacturer Of Nation’s Best-Selling Vape Pen Battery Issues Safety Advice For Vape Users.

Manufacturer Of Nation’s Best-Selling Vape Pen Battery Issues Safety Advice For Vape Users.

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CALLS FOR STRICT REGULATION SIMILAR TO THE END OF PROHIBITION, NOT BAN.

OAK PARK, Mich., Oct. 11, 2019 /CNW/ — The recent influx of vaping-related lung illnesses suggests that the problem stems from harmful additives in vape oils and counterfeit products of tested brands. Cannabis legalization and regulation are needed to ensure products are clean and safe for consumer use.

“Consumers have a right to know what they are ingesting, and these labels should include a list of ingredients, date of manufacture and testing, and location of origin,” said Ooze Wholesale President Dan Hannawa. “We believe that full legalization and regulation of cannabis is necessary to solve this issue, these products require extensive testing and labeling to guarantee safety.”

Some government agencies have had the knee-jerk reaction to ban vaping products, when they should be regulating these products. Vaporizer products have been used by millions for years without issue, and the black market is a fully established entity. An outright ban removes safe options for consumers, and drives them directly into the pockets of the black market.

Many were sickened or killed during prohibition by people making their own concoctions at home. Government regulation completely ended this by imposing strict standards for producers to follow and ensure product safety. Legalization and regulation is the only way to eliminate the black market, where at-home processors are cutting cannabis oil with harmful additives, filling empty cartridges and counterfeit packaging, and selling them as legitimate.

“If you use [vaping] products, you should not buy these products off the street, and not add or modify any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer,” warned the CDC.

Do not purchase black market THC products. These are cheaper than state-tested products, but there is no way to know what is inside. State systems have a “Seed to Sale” tracking system that protects the supply chain and ultimately the customer.

“When you spend a few extra dollars on a state-tested cartridge, you are paying for your safety,” said Hannawa. “You are paying to ensure that it has been tested, the supply chain is clean and free from black market influence. Invest in your own health.”

About Ooze Wholesale
Ooze Wholesale is the nation’s leading manufacturer of vaporizer batteries. They were named number 58 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies.

For more information about the company, please contact Ed Koury at (855) 669-3420 or email eddie@oozelife.com.

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Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health on vaping in Canada

Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health on vaping in Canada

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OTTAWA, Oct. 11, 2019 /CNW/ – We are increasingly concerned by the substantial rise of vaping among Canadian youth. As nicotine in any form is highly addictive, non-smokers who vape products containing nicotine are at risk of going on to use tobacco products such as cigarettes.

As we stated in April 2019, Canada has seen the rates of youth smoking decline significantly in recent years, but youth are now turning to vaping in large numbers. We are very concerned that a new generation of youth addicted to nicotine will lead to a resurgence in smoking—reversing decades of progress and creating new public health problems.

Youth are particularly susceptible to nicotine’s negative effects, which can include altering their brain development and affecting their memory and concentration.

While the harms of vaping products are starting to emerge, researchers are still gathering data on their potential effectiveness as a means of helping smokers quit smoking. What we do know is that, regardless of a person’s age, vaping can lead to nicotine addiction and can increase exposure to harmful chemicals for people who are non-smokers.

Individuals who use vaping products breathe in a mixture of chemicals, which include harmful and potentially harmful substances such as nicotine, solvents, cancer-causing chemicals (e.g., formaldehyde), heavy metals and flavourings. It is also not clear what underlying risk there may be from inhalation of ultra-fine particles created by the mechanism of vaping technology that permits inhalation deep into the lung.

Some chemicals (e.g., flavourings) in vaping products may be safe to eat, but have not necessarily been tested for safety when inhaled. Limited information is available on the health effects of inhaling glycerol (a common vaping diluent) and the majority of flavourings used in vaping liquids.

We cannot stand by and watch a new generation of Canadians become dependent on nicotine or be exposed to products that could have significant negative consequences for their health.

We are also very concerned about the emergence of severe pulmonary illness related to vaping in the United States and now in Canada. We have been working together to monitor the situation closely, to identify potential cases in Canada, and to support the investigation into the cause(s) of the illnesses.

To date, the investigation into severe pulmonary illness in the United States suggests that products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) play a role in the outbreak. The suspected cause is a chemical exposure, but the specific chemical or chemicals remain unknown at this time. No single product or substance has been linked to all cases, and more information is needed to know whether a single product, substance, brand or method of use is responsible for the outbreak.

While the severe pulmonary illnesses related to vaping are under investigation, we recommend to all Canadians that:

  • You consider refraining from using e-cigarettes or vaping products, particularly any products that have been purchased illegally, including any products that contain THC. Cannabis use has risks, some of which remain unknown and can have short- and long-term harms to your health, including dependence.
  • You see a healthcare provider immediately if you have recently used vaping products and you have symptoms of pulmonary illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) like those reported in the outbreak.
  • You not return to smoking cigarettes if you are using nicotine-containing vaping products as a means of quitting cigarette smoking.

Even in the absence of the severe pulmonary illnesses related to vaping, Canadians should remember that:

  • If you don’t smoke, don’t vape.
  • Vaping is not recommended for youth, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • Youth who vape should seek support to quit completely.
  • Youth and adults currently vaping nicotine should NOT switch to smoking tobacco products.
  • If you use vaping products, do not buy them from illegal or unregulated sources, including products containing THC. Products obtained from the illegal market are not subject to any controls or oversight and may pose additional risks to your health and safety.
  • You should never modify vaping products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
  • You should let your health care provider know about your vaping history, especially if you have respiratory symptoms.

Adults and youth needing support to deal with nicotine addiction, whether they are using tobacco or vaping products, should speak to their health care provider and seek out proven cessation therapies, such as medication, or approved nicotine replacement therapies, such as gums, patches and lozenges. Canadians can also access supports from trained specialists who can help them develop a quit-smoking plan and provide referrals in their community.

We reiterate our call from April: We need to create environments that prevent youth vaping by strengthening regulatory frameworks and policies that restrict the accessibility and availability of vaping products and reduce the appeal of such products to youth. This includes plain packaging, health warnings and regulating the sale and marketing of vaping products and flavourings, and putting in place school and community policies that reduce use and encourage positive youth development.

In Canada, we have seen the first cases of pulmonary illness related to vaping and a number of other incidents are under investigation. Together with colleagues in the United States, we are all doing our part to find out what is causing these illnesses. Until more is known, we repeat our call for Canadians to consider refraining from vaping.

Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Dr. Bonnie Henry
Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia
Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Dr. Brendan E. Hanley
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Yukon
Vice-Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald
I/Chief Medical Officer of Health, Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Heather Morrison
Chief Public Health Officer, Prince Edward Island

Dr. Robert Strang
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nova Scotia

Dr. Jennifer Russell
Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick

Dr. Horacio Arruda
Director of Public Health and Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Health and Social Services, Québec

Dr. David Williams
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario

Dr. Brent Roussin
Chief Public Health Officer, Manitoba

Dr. Saqib Shahab
Chief Medical Health Officer, Saskatchewan

Dr. Deena Hinshaw
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta

Dr. Michael Patterson
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nunavut

Dr. Kami Kandola
Chief Public Health Officer, Northwest Territories

Dr. Evan Adams
Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia

Dr. Tom Wong
Chief Medical Officer, Public Health, Indigenous Services Canada

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