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Canadians React Angrily to Anti-Vaping Stunt

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Monday was Anti-Vaping Awareness Day (AVD) in Canada.

The CN Tower was lit up in yellow and black to mark the occasion. The tower has lit up with different colours to mark occasions such as Firefighters Day or Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day.

However, the Canadian anti-vaping stunt has attracted backlash from vapers, brands and advocates on Twitter.

A tweet from the CN Tower Twitter account announcing their intention to light up yellow and black for anti-vaping awareness day

Twitter Backlash

The majority of Twitter user comments highlighted that vaping is a valuable tool in tobacco harm reduction.

The Canadian Vaping Association wrote under the tweet that campaigns like these confuse the public.

“45,000 Canadians die each year from smoking. Vaping is widely recognized as less harmful than smoking. Campaigns like these confuse smokers and discourage harm reduction. “

Canadian Vaping Association

The International Network of Nicotine (INNCO) responded by calling the tweet, ‘grossly irresponsible’.

The tweet also referenced Public Health England’s stance on e-cigarettes.

A tweet from INNCO responding to world anti vaping day.

The CT Tower Twitter account has since posted links to more information under some of the tweets.

The links take viewers to the Health Canada pages on vaping for adults and teenagers.

Read more: Germany threatens to triple e-liquid tax

How did this start?

The Canadian AVD appears to have been started by a high school student with the backing of Health Canada.

As part of the campaign, students were asked to wear yellow and black – the anti-vaping colours chosen by Health Canada.

There were also anti-vaping packs distributed to 20 schools across the country.

The campaign has reached estimated 30,000 students – and many adult smokers too, no doubt.

Canada has a complex relationship with vaping. The Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TVPA) was introduced in 2018 to encourage smokers to switch to vaping while preventing youth access.

However, America’s so-called ‘youth vaping epidemic’ spilled across the border in the years since, leading provinces to ban flavours and restrict nicotine content in e-liquids.

Learn More: What’s Happening on World Vape Day 2021?

Caroline Barry
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Caroline Barry is an experienced journalist across multiple sectors and hails from Clonakilty in Ireland. Her journalism focuses on CBD, medical cannabis, vaping, LGBT+ rights and culture. She is currently working on her first non-fiction book about growing up gay with ADHD in rural Ireland. Caroline is currently based in Nottingham, England with her small black cat.
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