Lauren Vogel | CMAJ | Nov. 25, 2016
  • The federal government will update tobacco rules to include separate e-cigarette regulations in order to ensure adults have access to vaping products as an alternative to smoking while protecting young people from nicotine addiction. The proposed amendments include restricting sales of e-cigarette sales and flavoured products to youth, as well as requiring child-resistant packaging.
  • Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr said the federal government will scale back reimbursement for medical marijuana for veterans from 10 grams per day to three. According to Hehr, more than 3000 veterans claimed $31 million in medical pot from April to September this year, often for amounts double the safe limit of five grams per day recommended by Health Canada.

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  • Ontario’s electronic health information system now saves the province at least as much as it costs – about $900 million a year – according to a report by business and privatization advisor Ed Clark. Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins said the province will not sell its digital health assets, and committed to act on Clark’s recommendation to give patients access to their electronic medical records.
  • Health Canada tapped Dr. David Creery, a pediatric physician, and Maura Davies, a health administrator, to lead a review of the cases of four indigenous men switched at birth at the Norway House Indian Hospital in Manitoba. Creery is a pediatric intensive care doctor and medical director of patient safety at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, and Davies is the former president and CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region.
  • British Columbia health officials warned about the infection risks of microblading, a kind of semi-permanent tattoo to make eyebrows look fuller. Unlike commercial tattoo and body piercing shops, microblading is often performed in home-based salons that don’t have to undergo health and safety inspections, and infections from the procedure can be serious if allowed to spread because the eyebrows are close to the eyes and brain.

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