The CVA Commends the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for Ensuring Access to Nicotine Vapour Products
March 30th 2020 8:00am
The CVA Commends the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for Ensuring Access to Nicotine Vapour Products

On behalf of the thousands of vapers in Newfoundland, The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) would like to express our gratitude to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for allowing specialty vape shops to continue to operate under strict social distancing protocols. Allowing vape shops to operate using only contactless curbside pickup protocols will prevent thousands of Newfoundlanders from being forced back to combustible tobacco, a product known to kill one in two users.

Vaping has been proven to be the most successful tool in the fight against combustible tobacco. Vape shop retailers and the related manufacturers and distributors provide products and services that support the health sector though the provision of low nicotine harm reduction products, and also serve to support mental health by satisfying the nicotine dependence of vapers, the vast majority of which are reformed smokers. The CVA commends the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for recognizing the importance of vape shops and implementing a sensible framework to which will protect the community at large while ensuring that vapers are not forced to return to smoking. 

“We applaud the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for having found an appropriate means to care for the physical and mental health needs of vapers while ensuring the safety and protection of all individuals in their province. The vapers in this province will continue to have access to the low nicotine harm reduction products which are only available in adult access product vape shops, while strict social distancing protocols implemented will serve to protect the public and staff,” said Darryl Tempest, Executive Director of The Canadian Vaping Association. “The CVA has repeatedly voiced our concern over limiting access to harm reduction products. The decision to ensure vape shops continue to operate under the condition that they use curbside pickup will prevent thousands of vapers from returning to smoking, thus saving the lives of many Newfoundlanders,” continued Tempest.

The CVA is encouraged by well thought out policies regarding the accessibility of low nicotine vape products through adult-only access vape shops in Newfoundland and Labrador. As other provinces work to amend their essential services list, it is our hope this example is followed throughout the country. Not only will the economic impact of allowing these small businesses to continue operations save many jobs during an economically tumultuous time, but the physical and mental health of the 1.1 million Canadian vapers depend on the continued access to these critical harm reduction products.

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