In an announcement recently, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador have all stated that vapes will be removed from the market and banned throughout the two provinces. The statement was a bit of a shock, considering that marijuana derivative sales are just about to start.
Recent studies have linked vaping products to severe lung disease. There have been reported deaths of teenagers using vaping products as well. So far, there have been 11 cases in Canada that have been linked to vaping. There have been 3 instances of severe lung disease from vaping in Quebec, but the other provinces have not been affected directly.
In the United States, the CDC identified vitamin E acetate as a potential culprit behind vaping illnesses. Vitamin E acetate is an additive that is typically mixed in with marijuana oil.
The announcement was a disappointment for those who had been waiting to acquire the cannabis 2.0 products when they hit the shelves. Since the regulations are limited to the three provinces, these will not affect the rest of Canada as the derivatives are rolled out in January 2020.
Ultimately, despite any inconvenience that the announcement has made, the local governments have said that safety and public health are the main focuses behind their decision. Since vaping is not proven to be safe, they will need to collect data to find out exactly what aspect of vaping is deadly and manufacture products that are much safer to use.2 months ago