Opposing potential e-cig restrictions in Ontario, hundreds of people marched to the legislature in Queen’s Park on Saturday to support the use of vaping products.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced in March that the province is aiming to prohibit e-cigarettes and medical marijuana use anywhere regular cigarettes are banned.
Charlie Pisano, spokesman for Vapor Advocates of Ontario, said the restrictions are “very damaging” for anyone who wants to start vaping to quit smoking.
Medical experts appear to be divided over the topic.
David Sweanor, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and e-cig supporter, said the change could stop people from quitting.
“[They’re] treating them just like cigarettes in terms of where they can be used. They simply are not like cigarettes.”
Conversely, doctor and medical commentator Brett Belchetz doesn’t believe e-cigarettes help people quit smoking.
“This is not a good thing. This is not something that is helping people quit,” Belchetz said.
“What it is doing is exposing people unknown risks that may actually in some instances be worse than what we know of from traditional smoking.”
Belchetz’s claims are very different to the vast majority of the medical and scientific community.
The legislation is currently being considered and the province is going to see if Health Canada approves e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation device before making a decision.