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.