I wrote about Nova Scotia’s latest draconian new vaping laws this week and now a pioneering vape advocate refused oxygen because he vapes is facing a slow lingering painful death.
Just let that sink in for a moment.
And not only that, he’s been refused to even be considered a new sheltered home for him and his common-law-wife – who suffers from dementia – because the local law bans smokers or vapers from being given them.
As it stands right now, Ray Yeates is forced to live in a tiny hotel room whilst his desperately sick wife is living in a care home,and could soon have his life-saving oxygen supply taken away for no other reason than he is a vaper.
Yes really…and if this shit is allowed to go on – it could happen to you wherever you are in the world.
Canada is supposedly held up as a shining example of inclusion and openness – unless of course you’re a vaper and then you are literally living under a death sentence.
It sounds like something out of a dystopian novel – but it’s happening right now and it’s not only shocking – but abhorrent.
Ray is 70-years-old and founded the Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada [THRA] back in 2014 after taking up vaping.
He was suffering from severe emphysema/pneumonia at the time and has survived lung cancer!
After realizing e-cigarettes were life savers for smokers, he founded the organization with the mission statement:
Our mission is to promote the availability of effective, affordable and reduced harm alternatives to smoking by increasing public awareness and education, to encourage the testing and development of products to achieve acceptable safety standards and reasonable regulation; and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives.
Our goal is to educate the public, including stake holders (politicians, journalists, editors, other associations), and address concerns regarding personal vaporizers (electronic cigarettes) and their safety, to dispel misconceptions and misinformation regarding these products
Ray and his desperately sick wife had been living happily in a trailer until his wife’s condition deteriorated and it was only then he asked the Nova Scotia government for assistance.
As you can see his plea for help has been refused and now the health authorities are planning to take away the life giving oxygen he needs to stay alive.
Vape Advocate Refused Oxygen – Help Save the Life Of Ray Yeates
Now advocacy group the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations [INNCO] has stepped in and is urging the vape community, from individuals to advocacy groups, to get involved and put pressure on the Nova Scotia government to save Ray’s life.
INNCO only heard of the situation overnight and are now mobilizing support via social media and say:
The local health authorities have now informed him his OXYGEN TANK FACILITY WILL SOON BE FORCIBLY REMOVED as rules dictate oxygen cannot be provided to vapers.
Ray doesn’t vape whilst using his oxygen mask.
His intelligence & the laws of physics, rather negate that option.
However, removing his access to oxygen places him in grave mortal danger.
This is a threat to commit state sponsored murder, no more and no less.
Outrageous doesn’t come close.
It is, without doubt, a despicable abrogation of human rights and must be rescinded immediately.
INNCO and his close colleagues are working upon a legal intervention, however time is not on our side.
We urge all our Members and followers to forward, retweet and publicise Ray’s predicament far and wide.
If he requires a private provider we will form a GoFundMe to assist.
This is a developing story and I will of course keep you all informed.
All we can do for now is to retweet the INNCO thread highlighting this terrible situation and also use the hashtag #SaveRayYeates.
I’ve written many shocking stories over the decades, but this one really has astonished me.
As INNCO say, this is a human rights issue and if left unchallenged is the kind that could spread globally.
Ray Has Saved Lives Now Help Save His
This quote from Ray back in 2014 shows what a passionate vape advocate the man is:
I agree that harm reduction is in need of more data, but for now the research is what brought me beyond the time I was given to live.
Giving up and giving in was not part of my moral beliefs and never will be.
In a moral sense I believe denying other smokers of the possible harm reduction of these devices is nothing short of neglect.
Without doubt Ray has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of smokers now enjoying a healthier life.
A vape advocate refused oxygen because he or she vapes is definitely the worst case of anti-vape law I’ve ever seen and you – a member of your family or friend that smokes OR vapes could be next if they’re allowed to get away with this.
It’s time to pay back all of Ray’s tireless hard work, passion and courage with something as simple as a re-tweet OR by spreading this article and Ray’s plight far and wide.
Let’s hope we can shame those faceless disgusting Nova Scotia politicians into doing the right thing NOW – because a man’s life depends on it.