According to the daily e-cigarette, a foreign e-cigarette media, in April this year, Nova Scotia became the only province in Canada to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The ban has brought some unexpected but also expected consequences.
A new study commissioned by the Atlantic convenience store association shows that more and more people are buying combustible cigarettes, the report said. Since the ban came into effect last spring, data collected by the association show that cigarette sales have increased by 29%.
Compared with before the ban came into effect, the sales of combustible cigarettes are declining and remain stable.
After the outbreak of evali in the United States in 2019, the government of Nova Scotia was forced to implement a ban on flavoring e-cigarettes.
Although there are no reported cases in Nova Scotia, the government still believes that action is necessary. Like most alcohol bans, the driving force is the main reason for the popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers in recent years.
According to the data quoted by the government, the growth of e-cigarettes and cigarettes is particularly significant among young people. Between 2017 and 2018, the government also cited a survey of high school student groups in Nova Scotia:
37% of students said they had tried e-cigarettes at least once (Canada's highest smoking rate)
In Nova Scotia, 95% of young e-cigarette users prefer flavored e-cigarettes
48% of young e-cigarette users said they would no longer use e-cigarettes if flavoring was banned.
The report points out that the last statistic appears to be tailored to encourage legislators to implement the ban and enforce it. The survey was conducted by smokeless Nova Scotia, which was the driving force behind the ban.
Until now, smokeless Nova Scotia and other public health officials demanding the ban have been put on hold because new data show that the ban has hurt adult e-cigarette users.
The city of San Francisco and other California States is one of the first city to ban the use of flavors in North America. But subsequent studies have shown that despite the decline in e-cigarette use, smoking rates have increased.
And, despite the ban, most people are still able to buy banned condiments from the black market. The ban on flavors is not limited to San Francisco and California. In the past year, many states also banned flavors. A study published in 2020 showed that flavored aerosol products had a positive impact on adult smokers.
The study, which looked at data from the tobacco and health demographic assessment, found that flavoring was the reason adults started using e-cigarettes, not young people. The study disagrees with the popular theory that flavors appeal to young people because it finds that:
Young people who start to use e-cigarettes have a history of smoking;
Seasoning attracts more adult e-cigarette users than adolescent e-cigarette users.
Spices were associated with a higher (almost double) smoking cessation rate among adult smokers than those who only used tobacco flavors.
Predictably, the federal spice ban has led to an increase in the number of smokers nationwide, as well as restrictions imposed due to segregation.
Many smokers and small businesses are mainly asking the government to tax high nicotine products, such as Juul e-cigarettes, the most popular among young people, rather than banning them directly. The government has signaled that it may lift the ban and adopt a more common sense approach, but it is still in force.