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Senate adopts Bill S-5 that regulates vaping and tobacco products

Jun 6, 2017

Senate adopts Bill S-5 that regulates vaping and tobacco products
June 1, 2017 – Today, the Senate adopted Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, and referred it to the House of Commons.

This government legislation, which was first introduced in the Senate, aims to implement plain and standardized packaging for tobacco products to help make tobacco products less attractive and therefore less appealing, particularly to youth.

The legislation also aims to create a new federal regime to regulate vaping products to protect youth from tobacco use and nicotine addiction, while ensuring they are available adults as a less harmful alternative to tobacco. The Senate contributed to achieving this objective by adopting amendments that took into account the concerns raised by the witnesses who appeared before committee.

Bill S-5, in its amended form, will come into force after the House of Commons has studied

“S-5 is a balanced piece of legislation that offers a flexible regulatory regime, which can be altered as more scientific knowledge about vaping products emerges.”

“I firmly believe that Bill S-5, once it receives Royal Assent, will contribute significantly to tobacco control in Canada.”

- Senator Chantal Petitclerc, Senate sponsor of the bill


·  3.8 million Canadians continue to smoke cigarettes.

·  Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in Canada. 37,000 Canadians die from tobacco-related illness each year. That’s one person every 14 minutes.

·  82% of current adult daily smokers had smoked their first cigarette by the age of 18.

·  Independent research studies, for more than two decades and in multiple countries, have shown that plain packaging requirements reduce the appeal of tobacco packages and the products they contain, especially to youth.

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·  Visit the bill’s website:

For more information, please contact:

Vincent Côté
Executive assistant - Senator Chantal Petitclerc’s office (Grandville, Québec)
Tel: (613) 995-0298