E-Cigarettes, which exist in a kind of smoking gray-area at the moment, may finally get official rules and regulations from the provincial government. Fearful of e-cigs in the hands impressionable youths and their unstudied adverse health effects, the use of vaps may become more restricted across the province.
Quebec cabinet minister Lucie Charlebois is fighting to update the province's Tobacco Act and make it so e-cigs can't be smoked in public places nor sold to minors, reports Le Devoir. Advertising and promotion for e-cigs would also be limited.
The proposed e-cig restrictions have some political support. PQ spokesperson for Health Diane Lamarre believes new e-cig laws should quickly move forward.
Flory Ducas, spokeperson for the Quebec coalition for the control of tobacco is also keen on new e-cig laws, but does want to the benefits of e-cigs to be considered when new rules are formed, such as their use in quitting normal cigarettes.
All the hubbub was likely inspired by a new study from the Canadian Cancer Society which cites 10% of grade 6 students in Quebec have tried e-cigs, as cited by Le Devoir. Couple that with a UdeM analysis that 6 our of 9 e-cig brands marked "nicotine-free" did actually contain nicotine. Young kids + addictive substances = bad times, especially when e-cigs are a likely gateway to the real stuff.
Montreal already put forth some proposed new rules to regulate e-cigs, which are very much in line with those above. If the provincial government moves forward with these e-cig regulations, Montreal's health officials would likely be on board. The vast amount of Montrealers who smoke e-cigs, maybe not so much.
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While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.