Pro­tect our youth from e-cig­a­rettes

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

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

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