When he read the latest data on vaping rates among Canadian youth, University of Waterloo Professor David Hammond sought to find out why he did not believe in his own research.
Because the results had problems.
According to their numbers, young vaping rates in Canada have increased significantly in the United States, with an increase of 80 percent in a year, similar to the dramatic increase in the United States, a trend called "epidemic."
We all want these findings to be unreal.– David Hammond, University of Waterloo
Hammond, a public health professor, said, "We're trying to figure out why these data are not robust. We couldn't find any reason."
"All signs are very alarming."
And even more disturbing – in young people, smoking seemed to be rising for the first time in 30 years.
"There are also indications that smoking rates are progressing in smoking rates and in reducing youth smoking," he said, adding that more research is needed to confirm the results.
"We all want these findings not to be real."
Juul is the first snapshot since it came to Canada
Hammond's data is the first evidence of what has happened since Canada's vaping scene changed dramatically in May. The new federal law has made it legal to sell nicotine vaping products.
The second major change was after several months of Vape juggernaut entering Juul's officially Canadian market. The slippery Juul vaping device is designed for a quick nicotine strike from a cigarette to the brain only. And young people love it.
After seeing the disturbing trends in the last six months, Hammond decided that he could not keep the data until he was published in a scientific journal from today.
Instead, he presented his findings at the Federal Scientific Advisory Board meeting on Vaping Products, which came together on November 19th. There were six or seven Health Canada attendants in the room.
"It's part of my expertise, as far as I know and understand, and we have this evidence."
Health knew that Canada would not see one more year of data from the ongoing Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Research. He wanted policymakers to be aware of a new and potentially alarming trend.
. If your job is to arrange vaping, I don't know how someone will worry about some of the market trends we see. “
However, when asked about young vaping rates on Wednesday, Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the rates in Canada did not match the trends in the United States.
"The figures from the States are not the same numbers as Canada," Petitpas Taylor told reporters.
"We don't see an alarming increase at this point. However, we continue to look at the situation. If anything happens, we will certainly take it."
Ministry of Health officials told CBC News that the minister was in an e-mail saying that he had not seen Hammond's research as he made these comments.
On Thursday, Hammond also sent her article to Health Canada, with it presenting her entire paper for publication.
"New and new data, showing an increase in youth vaping or tobacco use, will be a concern for the minister," said Sean Burgess, media relations chief for the Ministry of Health.
Health will evaluate actions in Canada & # 39;
"Upon review of the new data provided, Health Canada will assess which additional actions are required and will benefit from additional authorities in the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act."
Hammond's data, however, is not the only sign that young vaping has been launched in Canada.
Last week, a North Vancouver high school shut down almost all student baths to stop the vaping at school.
In Ontario, the Durham Regional Health Office, Oshawa, Ont. Local data in the surrounding region indicate that 17 percent of high school students show that they are doing vaping. "Five students in each class of this 30 class!" department tweeted this week.
On November 27, Dante Caloia risked the riveting of her high school classmates by posting a post from their vaping fronts in a column published by CBC News, Ottawa.
Caloia, "I've seen many times entering the bathrooms and vaping tons of children." Said. "In fact, I have a few friends who can't pass a few minutes without having to hit Juul or their Vape."
Up to now, Health Canada's main method of controlling young vaping is the way in which vape products are introduced. As of November 19, there are no ads for young people using candy labels and celebrities or animal characters. Sugar sweeteners can still be sold, sold.
Meanwhile, vape fans advertise on each other on YouTube and social media, broadcast videos of blowing vaping rings and making other dazzling tricks.
All this repeats the mantras of health officials – if you don't smoke, don't vape.
"What we do not want to see is the long-term veterinarians, or even worse, they move on to tobacco," said James Van Loon, general manager of the Tobacco Control Directorate. Said. Health Canada.
"We think that no young people should use electronic cigarettes because of the health risks we do not really know and the health risks we do not know."
Limited evidence that Vaping helps smokers come out
The underlying vaping philosophy is based on the theory that smokers will quit smoking for vaping, and finally stop vaping and completely shake their nicotine addictions.
But there is little evidence of this.
Isi Most smokers who smoke most are not able to quit smoking, or become double users, or just return to smoking, sigara says Ontario's Tobacco Research Unit.
While adults are waiting for smokers to change, health workers are at risk of being exposed to a nicotine addiction for the entire generation.
Unlike other smoking cessation products, vaping did not sit quietly on the shelf next to nicotine gum and patches.
Instead, a strong vaping industry is gathering because the world's tobacco companies are introducing new vape products and investing in successful ventures.
This week, there were reports that the tobacco giant Altria, the parent company of Marlboro cigarette maker Philip Morris, was considering buying the Juul piece, which dominates the multi-billion dollar e-cigarette market.
The product is nicotine.– 1971 in the tobacco industry scientist William Dunn
A product revolution in which the tobacco industry has experimented and failed decades ago.
Historian Stephan Risi from Stanford University found documents showing how tobacco companies started secret research programs in the 1960s to design cigarette smoke.
. It was a time when tobacco companies began to produce nicotine in individual doses, not to have too many tobacco, not to have too many tobacco, m Risi said, pointing to the evidence from industry archives.
Dır Smoking should be designed as a package, not as a product. The product is nicotine gizli, Philip Morris scientist William Dunn wrote in a hidden note in 1972.
In the same year R.J. Kabul A tobacco product is a tool designed to be delivered in a generally acceptable and attractive manner for the delivery of nicotine, üzere said Reynolds research officer Claude Teague in a secret planning report.
Now that Juul and others have solved this problem, the tobacco industry is at the forefront, when used as intended, it is marketing a new device that will create nicotine addiction to the user.