Since November 2018, when University of Waterloo Professor David Hammond first shared results of his new youth vaping study with Health Canada and the mainstream media, only one interpretation of the data has been made available to the public. And that interpretation is one of high alarm.
In February and April of 2019, Health Canada launched two separate public consultations seeking input on potential regulatory action that might stem the crisis of youth vaping. However, industry stakeholders, harm reduction advocates and members of the public had yet to be afforded access to Professor Hammond’s study in order to evaluate the data and test the interpretation.
RegWatch was provided a copy of the study by a highly-placed source within the tobacco-control community and last Thursday we published the document so that the public may see the same data, findings and conclusions being considered by regulators as they deliberate over the future of vaping in Canada and the U.S.
In this episode of RegWatch hear tobacco control policy expert Clive Bates’s analysis of the study and learn what he thinks of RegWatch’s decision to publish.