Vapotage: Ottawa to intensify inspections

Health Canada is poised to launch this fall a series of inspections of businesses that sell vaping and sampling products to analyze components and nicotine content.
B hile the Ministry refused to confirm the information, The Canadian Press has learned that 22 inspectors assigned to this task will be made to realize this work of inspection and sampling.

In an e-mail to Canadian Press, Health Canada confirms that “by the end of 2019, Health Canada inspectors will have visited 3,000 retailers of vaping products [specialty stores and convenience stores] to verify compliance with LTPV [Tobacco and Vapor Products Act] and the CCPSA [Canada Consumer Product Safety Act] “.

The Ministry adds that inspectors will review “all products on sale in the establishment” and that “failure to comply with one or more of the provisions of the legislation could have serious consequences, such as seizure of products or penalties. monetary “.

Vape liquids – also known as e-liquids – contain glycerol or propylene glycol that serve as a nicotine diluent, as well as diacetyl, used for flavors, products that pose a risk of toxicity, although much less serious than those tobacco. The new generation of electronic cigarettes uses what are known as nicotine salts.

To these known ingredients is added another variable, more worrying this one, warns Mathieu Valke, toxicologist at the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec: “there is always possibility of chemicals in all that is smoked or inhaled . The problem is that there is not too much regulation on the content of liquids, which we do not really know what they contain.

Health Canada notes, however, that the proposed Vape Product Labeling and Packaging Regulations provide that “the labels of all vaping substances must include a list of ingredients. In addition, vaping products that contain nicotine will need to have a standardized statement on nicotine concentration and a warning about the risk of nicotine addiction. ”

“Vapoter is a bit of an act of faith,” says Dr. Mathieu Morissette, a researcher at the University Institute of Cardiology and Pulmonology of Quebec, affiliated with Laval University. “You can get e-liquids from shady places or order them on the internet without really knowing what’s in it – not everyone has a biochemistry lab at home to analyze the situation. content. ”

Misrepresentation

Can we rely on labeling once the regulation is in place? This one could be deceiving, answers Dr. Morissette.

“In studies where e-cigarettes were randomly taken from convenience stores and nicotine was dosed, half of the e-cigarettes that said they did not have nicotine contained them,” he says.

That’s why Health Canada wants to take a closer look, on a large scale. “By the end of 2019, the Department will have inspected 1,000 specialty stores and 2,000 convenience stores in total,” the ministry said.

This is only a tiny fraction of the shops on the street and, with 22 inspectors, the task looks daunting. “With the amount of liquids, vape shops that exist, liquids that can be ordered on the internet, it’s almost impossible to control,” sighs Mathieu Morissette.

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