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I.D Checks To Be Put In Place For E-Cigarette Sales In B.C

Vancouver Bans E-Cigarettes In Public Spaces

The Province of British Columbia has been focused on tightening a lot of regulation this year and they’re now re-directing their attention to the sales of e-cigarettes, a sensitive topic to say the least.

B.C has introduced amendments to the Tobacco Control Act to regulate e-cigarettes, to prevent the growing use of e-cigarettes by “young people” in B.C. The amendments come six month after Vancouver banned e-cigarettes in public spaces.

“More and more young people are using e-cigarettes,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “This legislation will limit the exposure to children of the possible dangers of e-cigarette vapour and the potential that e-cigarettes have to normalize smoking behaviour.”

The Tobacco Control Amendment Act amends the Tobacco Control Act to include requirements for retailers to ensure e-cigarettes are sold only to adults aged 19 and above, and to make it possible to create regulations to ensure that no retail displays are targeted to youth and no retail advertising for e-cigarettes is shown where youth can see it.

The amendments will also ensure e-cigarettes are not sold in public buildings and their use is banned on public and private school grounds as well as in indoor public spaces and workplaces. These amendments also add prohibitions on tobacco and e-cigarette use on health authority properties; however health authorities will have the ability to set designated smoking areas if they wish.

The legislation will be introduced this spring, and the exact date it will be brought into force is currently to be determined. Businesses and organizations will need some time to prepare for this legislation and government anticipates announcing the date of implementation soon.

According to the government, these amendments under the new name ‘Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act’ serve to reinforce a commitment to protecting youth, building a smoke-free British Columbia and add to government’s extensive resources and supports to help British Columbians quit smoking.

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