“What we know now about the adolescent brain is astonishing. But the approach that the House of Commons took initially was wholly inadequate. For the modest sum of $14 million a year in salary, equity and benefits, former PM Brian Mulroney sits on the board of Acreage Holdings, a cannabis company. Juul says its products are not intended as cessation devices for existing smokers: “Juul is an alternative nicotine delivery product.” It realizes that “nicotine is addictive and can be harmful,” which is indicated on its packaging. “They should be precluding any lobbying by Ambrose, any attempt to influence government about this industry and that company. Juul’s chief regulatory officer is also from Altria. By the time health authorities sounded alarms about vaping, Juul had risen to be the dominant player in a lightly regulated e-cigarette industry, providing fruit-flavour cartridges with twice the nicotine of some competitors, using marketing youth found appealing.

What an unfortunate capstone on a career.”. Surgeon General has meanwhile declared vaping an “epidemic.” The Centre for Disease Control simply states: don’t use any e-cigarette. Juul said in an email that it “will fully comply and supports the goal of limiting access and appeal to underage use.” It said that it had “significantly curtailed its marketing activities” since January, “even in provinces where marketing activities are still allowed.”, The company said it also had imposed bulk purchase restrictions and strict online age verification controls. Canada’s former ambassador to the U.S., David McNaughton, is currently under investigation by Canada’s ethics commissioner for a possible violation of Section 33 of the Conflict of Interest Act. Quickly, Juul’s reputation shifted from that of a tech innovator offering a healthier alternative to smoking, to a recruiter for dangerous addictions. Ask Rona Ambrose. By industry he means the business of nicotine delivery to human brains and bodies. He is currently the Toronto-based president of Palantir’s Canadian unit. And research has not found that vaping helps people quit smoking cigarettes. Senior Liberals move freely between elected and not elected government posts and the world of lobbying.”. Ms. Ambrose is an independent director and her role does not include lobbying.”, Asked to describe her role, the company said, “As an independent member of Juul’s board of directors, Rona Ambrose’s unique public health and regulatory experience will provide oversight and expertise as we continue to reset the vapor category and work to earn the trust of our stakeholders.”. All e-cigarettes and especially Juul contain high levels of nicotine, which can initiate nicotine dependence.”. Juul has also been investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration in relation to its advertising and marketing practices. Just months after leaving his post as public safety minister, Toews was offering “strategic advice” to a group he had dealt with as a cabinet minister. Copyright © 2020 Jade Maple Corporate Services Inc. All rights reserved. The Vancouver Podcast Festival Returns — Online! He is adamantly opposed to the former minister teaming up with the vaping industry. “Juul Lab’s goal is to provide adult smokers with a nicotine experience that closely competes with cigarettes to transition them from combustible use.”. E-cigarettes also were quickly becoming the method of choice for inhaling cannabis — and synthetic marijuana tied to severe health risks. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose announced Tuesday she will leave federal politics when the House breaks for the summer (final date TBA).

More:  When she joined the board, Ambrose said: “These new technologies will not succeed in eradicating cigarettes unless businesses and regulators work together to successfully fight the problem of underage use.”, A big problem it is. Nicol, who previously lobbied for Canadian Tire, was hired after Harper’s previous comms chief, Jason MacDonald, left the PMO to work for one of the largest lobbying firms in Canada, Hill and Knowlton. All information submitted to The Tyee is only available to employees or sub-contractors who are bound by agreement with The Tyee to keep the information private.