The Government of Canada is making plans to regulate e-cigarettes and vaping products in an effort to make them less accessible to youth.
The new legislation announced earlier this week will include provisions to help protect youth from tobacco use and nicotine addiction.
In order to achieve this goal, there will be restrictions of selling the products to youth and restricting certain flavours that appeal specifically to youth.
“The introduction of this important legislation is the next step in the Government’s work to protect young Canadians from nicotine addiction and tobacco use. At the same time, it introduces an approach to vaping products that considers their potential benefits to smokers. I look forward to seeing this Bill through the legislative process,” said Jane Philpott, Minister of Health.
The use of e-cigarettes has grown substantially over the years.
A 2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs survey revealed that 26% of Canadian youth ages 15-19 reported having tried an e-cigarette, up from 20% in 2013.
In addition, they plan to implement plain packaging for tobacco products, to make them seem less enticing to youth.