Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Vaping Flavors: Convenience Stores Are the Wrong Target

Quebec is considering banning the sale of vaping flavors in convenience stores. But while the armed youth are doing vating well, they are doing it the wrong way.

It is claimed that young people have the greatest access to cheap products in convenience stores, which is not true. Health Canada’s data shows that 88% of young people who access these products through friends, relatives, vape shops and vape stores, do not shop at our retailers.

This is explained: we are the most responsible sellers when it comes to the sale of adult products. Quebec’s own data shows a compliance rate of 91%. The idea that we can believe we can responsibly sell tobacco, lottery, and alcohol, not vape flavors, is absurd.

A convenience store may be part of the solution for adult smokers. Vaping is a less harmful alternative to smoking and a useful tool to reduce smoking. If we want to help adult smokers quit, convenience stores are on the front line. Smokers were already buying from us.

To encourage them to vape, a small selection of convenient, federally approved flavors should be available in the same places where cigarettes are sold.

By excluding the benefit from the market, government sales simply transfer to a parallel network of illegal goods.

We already know the “Plaza de la route 132” in Châteauguay where a wide range of illegal products including tobacco, cannabis, alcohol and gasoline are reduced in price without taxes.

Undoubtedly, illicit flavored vaping products will soon be available at your tobacco shack. They will then be sold to resellers for revenue that will come from there.

The government also cannot control online sales which are a big part of the problem in terms of youth access.

We need a vating plan that puts public safety first and limits youth access through penalties and increased need for both retail and online outlets. The idea of ​​treasure troves is very flawed and will end up doing far more harm than good. Advantage stores are not the right target.

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