Protect our youth from e-cigarettes
Re: Province strikes a good balance with vaping rules, Opinion, June 16
Alberta’s proposed vaping legislation is far from reasonable. Instead of taking an evidence-based strategy to protect Albertan children and youth from the harms of nicotine addiction and subsequent cigarette initiation, our government has failed to implement perhaps the most important policy intervention: restricting the nicotine levels of e-cigarettes. Alberta should restrict nicotine content to below 20 mg/ ml rather than the 59 mg/ ml currently permitted. The high level of nicotine content in JUUL vapes facilitates the rapid development of dependency.
On e-cigarette regulation, the government has dropped the ball and, with it, the health and safety of our youth. The government should immediately regulate the amount of nicotine present in the e-liquid of vapes to below 15 mg/ml.
Elliott Reichardt, Co-founder of SAAVE (Stop Addicting Adolescents to Vaping and E-cigarettes) and PHD Student at Stanford University