Hundreds gather in Toronto to protest Ontario vaping laws
TORONTO -- Hundreds gathered outside Queen's Park Saturday to protest a law that regulates electronic cigarettes.
The crowd puffed on e-cigarettes and chanted that "vaping is not smoking" and "the Smoke-Free Ontario Act has failed".
They were there to protest the province's Electronic Cigarette Act, which passed in May.
The act regulates where and how e-cigarettes can be sold and smoked, and it prevents "vape shops" from demonstrating how to use the devices.
E-cigarettes mimic the experience of smoking tobacco by vaporizing a liquid that often contains nicotine.
Proponents of e-cigarettes contend the devices are cleaner and healthier than traditional cigarettes.
The rally was organized by Vapor Advocates of Ontario, a group formed just last week.