The vaping-related illness stalking US states crossed the border with the report of a London, ON–area high school student who was placed on life support due to vaping-related respiratory illness. (He has recovered.) The student was a daily e-cigarette user.
- Medical officials gathered information about the e-cigarette brands the student used and have passed it on to the federal chief medical officer of health, who is gathering information about vaping devices.
- The case is fuelling public anger and suspicion about increased rates of teen vaping.
- A spokesperson for Ontario’s Health Ministry said two possible cases of vaping-related illness were under investigation.
Provincial health minister Christine Elliott said all Ontario hospitals have been ordered to report vaping-related illnesses to the provincial chief medical officer of health.
Globe and Mail
- Elliott discussed the possibility of bans on flavoured vape products to dissuade teen users.
I haven’t yet read a single article about Canadian vape illness that acknowledged widespread suspicion of illicit diluting agents, particularly vitamin E oil, as a likely cause of some or many vaping-related illnesses.
- The BC government has banned cannabis advertising anywhere alcohol is licensed as an effort to discourage mixing the two products.
- Pelham—the Ontario town where CannTrust’s grew illicit cannabis—acknowledged public pressure and placed a moratorium on new cannabis facilities, but a cannabis producer is suing to quash the moratorium.
Niagara This Week, Welland Tribune