You’ve got to give credit to local merchant Shai Connors for believing in her product. The owner of The End Vapour Shop in New Glasgow is certain e-cigarettes are better than the alternative.
Doubtless they are, considering the multitude of chemical compounds a smoker gets from tobacco – along with inhaled tar gumming up airways and lungs.
Without making presumptions on the health aspects, as the Nova Scotia government aims to draft legislation governing e-cigarettes, we still need to keep in mind that nicotine is a potent, addictive drug. We would expect restrictions regarding sale and use – oh yes, and without doubt a significant tax.
Connors, in pioneering this new retail venture, is being careful, she has indicated. She says she ensures no minors buy the products. That would be the number-one concern.
At the same time she questions intentions announced by Health Minister Leo Glavine to ban “vaping” in public places. A concern expressed by him and health officials is that allowing it could renormalize smoking in public.
Perhaps, although it’s doubtful vaping could ever be the edge of the wedge to get smokers back indoors. It was the smoke itself that got them banished. Public sentiment would never permit a reversal – and would be the best way to assess feelings about public vaping.
On that note, one more advantage of e-cigarettes is they won’t contribute to the litter of butts often seen in parking lots, on lawns and sidewalks.
The other thing from the province aimed at retailers is the prospect of regulations that would keep them from having products on display on store shelves.
That’s a little like the case against the tobacco shop in Kentville in recent years, forcing products off shelves – and ultimately prompting a decision to close.
Is that rational in a shop that is clear about what it sells? People know what they’re going there for, no surprises. The aim of legislation should be to keep the product out of the wrong hands.