Prince Edward Island becomes the second Canadian province to formalize a comprehensive ban on flavoured vaping products. The ban will come into effect at the beginning of next March, after which only tobacco-flavoured e-cigarettes will be legal for sale.
The decision is reflected in the Order in Council EC2020-489 signed on August 11, 2020:
1. Section 1.1 of the Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Device Sales and Access Act Regulations (EC538/15) is revoked and the following substituted: 1.1 For the purpose of section 3.1 of the Act, an agent added to tobacco or an electronic smoking device to produce an aroma or taste other than the aroma or taste of tobacco, including the aroma or taste of candy, chocolate, fruit, a spice, an herb, an alcoholic beverage, vanilla or menthol, is a prescribed flavouring agent.
2. These regulations come into force on March 1, 2021.
This year, Prince Edward Island has been a pioneer of tobacco control reforms. In March, it implemented Canada’s first “AGE 21” measures for vaping and tobacco, and also moved vaping products out of general retailers. Since March, e-cigarettes can only be sold in specialty shops in PEI.
Only one other province (Nova Scotia) has banned flavourd e-cigarettes to-date. Two others (British Columbia and Ontario) have limited sales of flavoured products to specialty stores.
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