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Vape meet Feb. 1
Winnipeg's vaping community holds its first gathering of the new year on Feb. 1.
If you don't know about vaping and the world of e-cigarettes see this feature I wrote in November.
The upcoming vape meet is at the Elmwood Legion in the downstairs banquet room. It runs 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Bring your questions (and some cash).
In Canada, e-cigarettes that are sold with nicotine and/or packaging that makes a health claim fall under the Food and Drugs Act, meaning a manufacturer must apply to Health Canada for authorization to sell a product.
A health claim might be something that says e-cigarette can help a person quit smoking or is safer to use than tobacco cigarettes.
To date, Health Canada has not approved any e-cigarettes under the Food and Drug Act, which means that it is not legal to sell e-cigarettes with juice that contains nicotine in Canada.
However, enforcement is minimal.
Various e-cigarette devices and nicotine e-juices are widely available in Winnipeg, including through the Fat Panda Vape Shop on Notre Dame.
What's happening in Canada and the rest of the world, for that matter, shows how popular e-cigarettes are and the difficulty with regulators keeping up to it.
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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen
Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.
Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.
At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.
Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.
He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.
Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.
In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.
You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.
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