What’s the story with the e-cigarette in Canada anyway?
Finally available in Canada, Electronic Cigarettes are the latest invention and apparently the best way to quit smoking, according to smokers who’ve tried them. But for some reason Health Canada thinks otherwise. It’s true that during the FDA’s tests, trace amounts of Tobacco-specific nitrosamines (which are also found in FDA-approved nicotine patches) were discovered in some of the nicotine cartridges tested from a cheap brand, but is one bad apple a reason to ban e-cigarettes altogether? E-Cigarette dangers don’t even come close to those posed by tobacco cigarettes. Furthermore, clinical tests performed in Italy (Dipartimento di Medicina Interna e Specialistica; Centro per la Prevenzione e Cura del Tabagismo [CPCT] Catania, Italy, 95124) showed that 80% of its participants were able to quit smoking tobacco within 6 months. Just like with the FDA in the states, it smells like there’s a conflict of interests afoot. The problem in the U.S. is that Tobacco manufacturers (producing a variety of products such as cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and snuff) and Pharmaceutical corporations (producing nicotine therapy drugs such as nicotine patches and nicotine gum) provide for a big chunk of the FDA’s funding and therefore have some influence. Could the same be happening in Canada?
The Electronic Cigarettes themselves are legal in Canada, it’s the nicotine cartridges that aren’t. Health Canada still allows the import of flavored zero nicotine cartridges, which is what you’re striving towards if you’re looking to quit smoking in the first place. Since electronic cigarette brands that ship to Canada aren’t always up to date with Canadian laws, most will still send you the nicotine cartridges anyway. However they risk not getting through customs. Hopefully Canada won’t take long to realise the real health benefits of e-cigarettes; ex-smokers everywhere else in the world do. The battle for the truth on e-cigarettes continues.