The Government of Canada shares the concerns raised by parents, educators and stakeholders about the trend of youth vaping, which threatens Canada’s hard-earned gains in tobacco control.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, has released a consultation paper on potential regulatory measures to reduce youth access and appeal of vaping products.
Measures under consideration include additional restrictions for online sales, prohibiting the manufacture of vaping products with certain flavours or flavour ingredients, and restricting the concentration and/or delivery of nicotine in vaping products.
All Canadians and stakeholders are encouraged to provide their feedback to this consultation, which will inform the next step in the government’s regulatory work to help protect youth from inducements to use vaping products. Please submit your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 25, 2019.
We would also like to take this opportunity to highlight that, in addition to the regulatory work, Health Canada is stepping up compliance and enforcement activities. By the end of December 2019, Health Canada will have inspected 1,000 vaping specialty establishments, which represents every establishment in the country, and 2,000 convenience stores, representing a significant increase in actions to verify compliance with the law. Regular updates will be provided to Canadians about the results of its compliance and enforcement activities.