• Regulator Watch – All Vaping Coverage

  • VERACITY BEHIND THE VAPE

    Vaping, you have most certainly heard about it. But, how certain are you in knowing that what you have heard is really true? There’s a lot of misinformation out there and some unknowns. And certainly, when it comes to regulating what some consider to-be a vice, you can bet the debate will get heated.

    This week we help clear the air, by providing regulators, politicians and the public an insider’s perspective on the ingredients that make up e-Juice—the sometimes controversial liquid that provides the ‘kick’ for vapers. We talk to one of Canada’s top e-Juice makers and get an on-the-ground perspective from the owners of a top Vancouver vape shop.

    It’s the first in our new series the Veracity Behind the Vape –only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on October 5, 2016

     

  • A BILLION LIVES - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW W. AARON BIEBERT

    Smoking kills and according to documentary filmmaker Aaron Biebert, if anti-vaping advocates succeed in banning the vape, over a billion people will die before the century is out. How does he know? He and a his team have travelled the globe seeking out those in the medical community, government, researchers and health advocates to uncover the truth behind vaping.

    The documentary titled “A Billion Lives” is in production and scheduled for release in 2016. The just released movie trailer is burning up the internet and you can catch highlights here, with our exclusive in-depth interview with the director, Aaron Biebert in today’s episode of our series Veracity Behind the Vape – only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on November 27, 2015

     

  • PUBLIC PANIC - RESEARCHERS PUSH TO SKEW VAPING REGULATION

    Public panic, it’s the hard currency of public health research. Organizations and institutions live and die by the reach grant and the more fear they incite the more funding comes their way.

    Are researchers exaggerating risks and skewing conclusions in order to affect vaping regulations? And how will the recent Harvard study, which links e-cigarettes to respiratory illness impact smokers seeking a lifeline to quit?

    RegulatorWatch.com asked Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a cardiologist and internationally renowned expert on e-cigarette research to weigh in on the controversy. Hear for yourself - only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on December 12, 2015

     

  • GLIMMER OF HOPE (WEB EXTRA)

    Hear more from Kate Ackerman, well known vaping advocate and board member of the Electronic Cigarette Trade Association about what vapers can expect following the Ontario delay and how the onslaught of legislation is taking its toll on Canadian vapers.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on December 20, 2015

     

  • DR. FARSALINOS PART II (WEB EXTRA)

    Learn why Dr. Farsalinos started his research - only on RegulatorWatch.com/VapersCorner

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on December 29, 2015

     

  • QUALITY QUESTIONS - eJUICE MAKERS SELF REGULATE

    Good quality e-juice is the primary reason why vaping is proving to be an effective tool in reducing smoking. But, it’s also at the heart of the controversy as public health officials voice concern over ingredients, manufacturing and quality control.

    What steps are Canadian e-Juice manufactures taking in order to get ahead of pending regulations and to produce a safer product? Find out as RegWatch takes you behind the scenes with an exclusive look inside one of Canada’s top e-Juice manufactures. Don’t’ miss it–only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on January 28, 2016

     

  • CHILLING EFFECT - QUEBEC VAPING REGULATIONS STIFLE FREE SPEECH (PART 1)

    Vaping is not smoking. A fact Quebec’s National Assembly all but ignored when it passed into law Bill 44, the province’s new tobacco control legislation. Under the new law vapour products are deemed to be tobacco products and their sale and use are now restricted. But, as the regulations come into effect retailers and employees are learning of another restriction, one that is forcing them to to scrub social media accounts and company websites.

    In this episode of RegWatch, Quebec retailers reveal the chilling effect the new regulations are having on their right to speak freely and to share information with customers—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on Feb 15, 2016

     

  • STUNNING REVERSAL - ONTARIO PULLS TRIGGER ON ANTI VAPING REGULATIONS

    In a stunning reversal, the Ontario provincial government dropped a bombshell this week announcing it would implement its new anti-vaping regulations after all.

    Hear directly from the Canadian Vaping Association’s lead government relations firm about the latest developments and learn what’s being done to advance vaping rights in Ontario and the rest of Canada—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on March 11, 2016

     

  • ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM - CLIVE BATES TALKS NICOTINE HARM REDUCTION & PUBLIC HEALTH

    Nicotine sits at the heart of the vaping debate as public health officials and regulators see it as the same old threat, while vapers believe it’s the indispensable ingredient to liberating the health benefits of e-cigarettes. Nicotine in e-juice provides the kick that allows many smokers to make the switch. But for some, it comes with vexed ethical questions and a measure of moral panic—it is the elephant in the room.

    In this episode of RegWatch hear from Clive Bates, former executive director of Action on Smoking and Health, the UK’s leading group in the war against smoking. Bates says nicotine in e-cigarettes is an opportunity not a threat. Find out why—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on April 1, 2016

     

  • LEGISLATIVE OVERKILL - CVA FILES CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE IN QUEBEC

    Pressure on the Quebec provincial government to revise its new anti-vaping law increased in magnitude today as the Canadian Vaping Association filed its constitutional challenge to Quebec’s recently updated Tobacco Control Act.

    The legal action requires the province of Quebec to demonstrate that its vaping restrictions in Bill-44 are proportionate and balanced—a high hurdle lawyers say would be hard for the government to step over.

    In this episode of RegWatch hear directly from the CVA’s legal team and find out why they characterize the vaping provisions in Bill-44 as legislative overkill—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on April 11, 2016

     

  • TPD COUNTDOWN - CLIVE BATES TALKS BIG TOBACCO AND IMPACT OF THE EU'S TOBACCO PRODUCTS DIRECTIVE

    Big, heavy, bureaucratic burden is how international tobacco control expert Clive Bates describes the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive. The TPD is crafted to bring the vaping industry to heel and the new regulations are set to go into effect on May 20th. The deadline has many deeply worried about the future of vaping in Europe.

    In part 2 of our in-depth discussion, Bates explains key aspects of the new regulations and how they could stifle innovation, while opening the door for big tobacco to corner the market—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on April 22, 2016

     

  • COULD RIGHT TO DIE SECURE VAPING RIGHTS - INSIDE THE CASE AGAINST ONTARIO'S ANTI-VAPING LAW

    Pressure is growing on the Ontario provincial government to pull back on key aspects of its new anti-vaping law. Associate Minister of Health Dipika Damerla is coming under increasing fire as the government struggles to reconcile its crackdown with new scientific evidence pointing to the health benefits of vaping.

    Pressing the point on behalf of the Canadian Vaping Association is veteran constitutional lawyer Douglas Elliott. He says Ontario’s anti-vaping law is unconstitutional and the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that legalized assisted-dying may dramatically impact the validity of the law.

    Could ‘Right to Die’ help secure vaping rights across Canada? Find out—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on May 25, 2016

     

  • WORK WITH US - INDUSTRY CALL TO REGULATORS

    You would think with all the news surrounding the implementation of new anti-vaping regulations that the entire industry is beset with doom and gloom. Surprisingly, there is an optimistic outlook shared by many key players—they hold high hopes that regulators may finally listen to science and research.

    In this episode of RegWatch hear from the CEO’s of two of Canada’s top e-juice companies and the chief marketing officer of one of the world’s largest device manufacturers—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on June 8, 2016

     

  • BC FINALIZES VAPING REGULATIONS

    Today the BC Liberal government released its final rules governing the sale, display, promotion and use of vapour products in the province. Reaction is mixed as retailers must now adjust to a comprise by government that allows a limited number of customers to test products in-store, while restricting shop owners, employees and the majority of customers from vaping freely.

    Hear initial reaction to the new rules and regs that are set to go into effect on September 1, 2016—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on June 10, 2016

     

  • TAG YOU ARE IT - FOCUS SHIFTS TO HEALTH CANADA (PART 1)

    Lost in the flurry of provincial vaping regulations, both real and threatened is an overlooked player that’s readying to flex its muscles—the federal government. The Liberals just started the clock ticking on a regulatory process guided by the recommendations of the ground-breaking HESA report “Vaping Towards a regulatory framework for e-cigarettes”. 

    Produced by the parliamentary Standing Committee on Health, the HESA report recommends a brand new regulatory framework for vaping. What that would look like is up for serious negotiation.

    The ball is now in Health Canada’s court as it evaluates the report and prepares a comprehensive response for law-makers.

    What are the recommendations in the HESA report? What are the key issues driving the negotiations between the vaping industry and health Canada? Find out in part one of our two-part special on the shift in focus to federal vaping regulations—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on June 25, 2016

     

  • TAG YOU ARE IT - FOCUS SHIFTS TO HEALTH CANADA (PART 2)

    What is the single biggest issue facing the vapour products industry as it prepares to go head-to-head with the federal government in what may be the endgame debate over e-cigarette regulation in Canada? 

    One word, nicotine. It is the elephant in the room.

    Join us for part 2 in our discussion with Daniel David from the Electronic Cigarette Trade Association of Canada and hear what he believes federal regulators should do as the first step to deal with the nicotine issue. Learn more about the potential impacts of the HESA report and how the recommendations for a new regulatory framework specific to vaping could have significant ramifications at the provincial level.

    All this and more in Tag You’re It (Part 2)—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on June 29, 2016

     

  • VAPE APOCALYPSE - PHIL BUSARDO TALKS MAYHEM AND MISERY POST 8.8

    Trigger Warning: strong language used to discuss the FDA ;)

    **Billion Lives Premier Update**

    It’s not often one gets to witness the federal government moving with such speed and determination. Normally, when it comes to matters of regulation the wheels of government turn painfully slow. Not this time, in this industry and with such purpose. The U.S. FDA has levelled a devastating blow on the U.S. vapour products industry and with the August 8, 2016 deadline for submitting the dreaded Premarket Tobacco Application now come and gone, what’s been the impact on businesses and how have vapers been affected?

    Hear what one of the most well-known and well-thought-of vapers in North American has to say. Phil Busardo joins RegWatch for a deep dive into the misery, mayhem and malice the U.S. FDA has unleashed on the world of vaping—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on August 27, 2016

     

  • IS TRUMP GOOD FOR VAPING? HEAR WHAT @PBUSARDO THINKS (WEB EXTRA)

    Love him or hating him, Donald Trump might be a friend to the vaping industry. At least, that's what one of North America's most well-known and well-thought-of vapers has to say.

    Does Phil Busardo endorse Trump? Find out on this exclusive web extra.

    RegulatorWatch.com - August 27, 2016.

    **WATCH on this channel: Vape Apocalypse – Phil Busardo Talks U.S. FDA Malice, Misery & Mayhem Post 8/8

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on August 27, 2016

     

  • ENDGAME - BATTLE FOR VAPING RIGHTS IN B.C.

    Time is running out for Vapers as jurisdictions across North America rush to pass new regulations to restrict the use and sale of vaping products. But are these really new or are they just a rehash of existing tobacco regulations with vaping products jammed in?


    RegWatch wanted to find out so we are taking you behind the scenes in the battle to protect vaping rights in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

    Hear directly from BC’s chief medical health officer, the association representing BC vape shops and the industry lobbyist who shares some remarkable comments about the proposed regulations.

    All this and more in today’s episode of our series Veracity Behind the Vape – only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on November 14, 2015

     

  • A BILLION LIVES - EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES (WEB EXTRA)

    They travelled the globe seeking out those in the medical community, government, researchers and health advocates to uncover the truth behind vaping.

    Watch and listen as director Aaron Biebert takes you behind the scenes for the production of A Billion Lives – only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on November 27, 2015

     

  • GLIMMER OF HOPE - ONTARIO BLINKS ON VAPING REGS

    The hammer fell hard on vapers in 2015 as provincial governments across Canada began passing tough new laws intended to strictly regulate the use and sale of vapour products.

    Glimmers of hope emerged in the final weeks of the year. The Ontario provincial government announced it would delay key aspects of its new regulatory regime and British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged the health benefits of vaping. Yet still, it’s hard to overstate the challenges facing vapers as the calendar turns to 2016.

    In this episode of RegWatch learn the real-deal on the Ontario provincial government’s delay and what it could mean for vapers across the country – by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on December 20, 2015

     

  • UNPACKING MYTHS - DR. FARSALINOS ON VAPING (PART II)

    Are e-cigarettes a gateway for young people to take up smoking? Is second-hand vapour a risk to others? Should vapers be concerned about flavour ingredients? And, is nicotine dangerous, warranting strict regulatory control? These are just some of the questions RegWatch executive producer Brent Stafford put to Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, cardiologist and internationally renowned expert on e-cigarette research. Hear what he has to say in Part II of our interview – only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on December 29, 2015

     

  • DRAGON SLAYERS - POWERING THE PUBLIC HEALTH WAR ON VAPING

    Over the past 150 years’ great battles were fought and won against infectious disease, deplorable living conditions and hazards on the road. Major progress was made, but there are still dragons to be slayed and the fiercest and most formidable, is smoking.

    In this episode of RegWatch hear from tobacco control expert David Sweanor. He’s spent the last 30-years on the front lines in the battle against smoking and he thinks e-cigarettes could be one of the biggest breakthroughs ever in public health. So, RegulatorWatch.com reached out to ask why so many of his anti-smoking colleagues seem to disagree.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on January 9, 2016

     

  • DECODING QUEBEC'S ANTI-VAPING LAW - CHILLING EFFECTS (PART 2)

    Join us for Part two, of our in-depth discussion on Quebec’s anti-vaping law.

    Get the inside scoop on the bureaucrats and inspectors enforcing the law. Learn about the new minimum product purchase rules and how the hold-over from the days of selling single cigarettes is forcing vaping customers to spend more. 

    And, don’t miss the personal reflections from one Quebec vaper who feels the new regulations have damaged the online vaping community, forcing it to go underground—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on Feb 22, 2016

     

  • NO MORE CASUALTIES - VAPING BECOMES COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN WAR ON SMOKING

    Who started the war on vaping? The U.S. government and public health officials. They have placed e-cigarettes in the crosshairs aiming to wipe out vaping in order to win the war on smoking. As American vapers wait anxiously for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to drop the final version of its new vaping regulations, activists from the highly-acclaimed ‘Not Blowing Smoke’ have launched a new national public information initiative called NoMoreCasualties.org.

    Get the inside scoop on the new campaign from Stefan Didak, founder and president of Not Blowing Smoke. Hear how vapers are being dragged into the ideological war on smoking and how many are standing up and joining the fight—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced By: Brent Stafford
    Released on March 1, 2016

     

  • CHARTER CHALLENGE - CVA READIES FIGHT AGAINST QUEBECs ANTI-VAPING LAW

    The battle over Quebec’s new anti-vaping law is heating up as the Canadian Vaping Association readies to file its constitutional challenge to bill-44. The action promises to bring to bear the full resources and experience of the national organization to fight what it says is an “extraordinary attack” on constitutional freedoms in the province of Quebec.

    Get the inside scoop on the legal challenge and what to expect next—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on March 24, 2016

     

  • CLIVE BATES TALKS NICOTINE AND SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE

    What does the future look like for those who wish to continue to use nicotine but want to shed the mortal risks that come from smoking? Hear what Clive Bates has to say. He’s the former executive director of Action on Smoking and Health, the UK’s leading group in the war against smoking—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford

     

  • BACKLASH ON BIG TOBACCO - CLIVE BATES (WEB EXTRA)

    There’s no love lost between vapers and big tobacco. Find out why from international tobacco control expert Clive Bates—only in this RegWatch WEB EXTRA by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on April 22, 2016

     

  • ITS JUST THE SCIENCE - ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS JOHN BRITTON TALKS E-CIGARETTE BENEFITS AND REGULATION

    “Nicotine without Smoke” is the title of the new ground-breaking e-cigarette report by the prestigious Royal College of Physicians in Britain. The 500-year-old professional organization, representing over 32,000 physicians, delivered an emphatic appeal to regulators with a straightforward message on the safety of e-cigarettes—the risks are small and the benefits are great.

    In this episode of RegWatch hear directly from John Britton, professor of epidemiology and Chair of the Tobacco Advisory Group at the Royal College of Physicians. He led the team of experts that produced the comprehensive report. Get in-depth details on the findings and learn why Prof. Britton says it should not be easily dismissed—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on May 2, 2016

     

  • DO VAPERS EAT THEIR YOUNG? - REACTING TO REALITIES OF REGULATION

    It may be an old cliché to describe when a community turns on itself, cannibalizing its own members at the expense of shared goals. But it seems appropriate to describe what’s happening today in the vaping advocacy movement.

    As the reality of harsh new regulations sink in a wave of acrimony and infighting has swept across the movement in both Canada and the U.S.

    Do Vapers Eat Their Young? What dangers does this pose? And, is it exclusive to vaping advocacy or is it endemic to all activist movements?

    Over the past month RegWatch put these questions to advocates, stakeholders and some of the most well-known names in vaping, including Phil Busardo, Dimitris Agrafiotis and Stefan Didak —only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on June 1, 2016

     

  • MORE - DO VAPERS EAT THEIR YOUNG - (WEB EXTRA) 

    Activism angst, is it gripping the vaping industry? Hear more from key stakeholders on what they think is going on in the battle to fight anti-vaping regulations—only on this WEB EXTRA edition of RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on June 8, 2016

     

  • BREXIT IRONY - DASHED HOPE FOR UK VAPERS?

    Arrogant, autocratic and unaccountable best sums up the sentiment UK vapers have for the faceless EU bureaucrats in Brussels. At times it seems only too likely they will stop at nothing to see the vaping industry choked into submission via its recently enacted Tobacco Products Directive. But just as the TPD went into force, vapers in the UK heard the Brexit war cry and turned out in droves to strike a lethal blow upon the bloated institution.

    Does the Brexit referendum mark the end of the TPD for Britain? Or, will vapers suffer a rude awakening as economic imperatives force the UK to remain in the single-market, thus entrenching the TPD into the annuals of regulatory infamy?

    Find out, in this episode of Reg Watch where we talk in-depth with Clive Bates, former executive director of Action on Smoking and Health and international renowned tobacco control expert. Bates says the Brexit win may cost vapers dearly as the opportunity to influence the TPD may now be lost—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Assistant Editor: Tony Su

    Released on July 13, 2016

     

  • CLIVE BATES TALKS HEALTH CANADA VAPING POLICY (WEB EXTRA)

    As Health Canada begins its evaluation of the HESA report—the parliamentary Standing Committee on Health’s review and recommendations for a new regulatory framework for e-cigarettes.

    What words of advice does internationally renowned tobacco control expert, Clive Bates have for the decision makers in Ottawa?

    Find out—only in this WEB EXTRA edition of RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    RegulatorWatch.com – July 13, 2016.

  • DO IT NOW! - CANCER RESEARCH REP SAYS VAPING HELPS REDUCE CANCER

    Join us today for an exclusive in-depth discussion with Linda Bauld, Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention at Cancer Research UK and the Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Policy. She is a co-author of the Royal College of Physicians report “Nicotine without Smoke” and is at the epicentre of the continuing battle to prevent smoking related cancers.

    Why does Bauld recommend e-cigarettes? What does she think of the Canadian Cancer Society’s recent anti-vaping public service ad campaign? And, find out why she thinks nicotine has been demonized—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on July 22, 2016

     

  • REASONED RESEARCH - $8.8-MILLION E-CIG STUDY EXPLAINED

    Are vapers justifiably paranoid when it comes to research on e-Cigarettes? Maybe, since after all it does appear that research is often used as a weapon to promulgate fear and misinformation in the public health war against vaping. How else could more people now believe that vaping is as harmful or even more harmful than smoking? 

    While an onslaught of ominous headlines shapes public opinion, there are scientists behind the scenes working on evidence-based research in an effort to shed new light on issues vital to vaping. A potentially ground-breaking, multimillion-dollar research project funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute is leading the way.

    The University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada and the Medical University of South Carolina in the U.S. are the two lead institutions in the international project focusing on evaluating the efficacy and viability of e-Cigarette regulations.  It’s a fascinating study. Learn why for yourself directly from Dr. Geoffrey Fong, chief principal investigator from Waterloo University—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

    Produced by: Brent Stafford
    Released on August 18, 2016

     

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