Canadian Vaping Group Warns of ‘Gray’ Market

The government’s plan to ban flavored vapes has sparked interest in mixing flavors at home.

August 23, 2021

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BEAMSVILLE, Ontario—The Canadian Vaping Association said it is concerned that inexperienced mixers may use ingredients that pose a serious risk to their health as they try to mix their own e-liquid flavors at home after the Canadian government announced a proposed ban on flavored vape products.

Interest in DIY e-liquid has surged, the association said, since the government said it plans to limit e-cigarette flavors to tobacco, mint and menthol starting in 2022. Ottawa is accepting comments on the proposal until September 2. The group says internet forums are flooded with posts by thousands of vapers looking to learn how to mis their own e-liquids.

“Though flavor restrictions have been proposed to protect youth, the black and gray markets make all Canadians more susceptible to harm. Forty-five thousand Canadians will die this year of tobacco-related disease and illness. Tobacco control has lost sight of its mandate to end the use of combustible tobacco. Restricting harm reduction products runs counter to smoking reduction efforts,” said Darryl Tempest, executive director of the Canadian Vaping Association.

The group says that the raw ingredients needed to mix flavors at home are easily accessible, including flavorings, glycerin and nicotine.

“This is concerning because while e-liquid is simple to manufacture, not all flavorings or glycerin are safe for inhalation. Many easily accessible flavorings are sold for food flavoring purposes and contain oils, alcohols and other additives that may cause serious illness or death if inhaled,” the group said, pointing to the e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury outbreak tied to illicit cannabis products containing vitamin E acetate.