If you want to understand what life is like for the Canadian entrepreneurs who are seeking to serve the growing demand for electronic cigarettes, consider me. My family and I own an online “vaping” business, along with a brick-and-mortar store located in Trenton, Ont.
There are four of us involved in the operation, with a total of 90 years of smoking traditional cigarettes between us. All of us have been smoke-free for close to three years since we started vaping. Each one of us had tried every available cessation product on the market (medications, patches, gum, inhalers, cold turkey, hypnosis and acupuncture) with zero success at leaving cigarettes behind. One by one, we each switched to electronic cigarettes, and one by one each of us tossed out our ashtrays and lighters in favour of batteries and clearomizers. We were so impressed with our own success that we opened our business in 2012.
In December, our business received a letter from Health Canada entitled, “Illegal sale of Nicotine E-Liquid Products,” informing us that the e-liquid products we offer for sale (which users load into their e-cigarettes) may contain nicotine and therefore may be in violation of the Food and Drugs Act and its regulations. (click for more)