Victoria Addresses Concerns Associated with E-Cigarettes
Prince George, B.C. – Changes are coming to the way e-cigarettes are regulated.
Victoria announced this week amendments to the Tobacco Control Act to help stop the growing use of e-cigarettes by young people in the province.
“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.”
Amendments to the Act will ensure retailers sell them to adults aged 19 and over, as well as making sure no retail advertising for e-cigarettes be seen by youth.
The changes follow harsh criticism from the NDP (see story here) earlier this year and even concerns raised by Northern Health.
“E-cigarettes are a rapidly emerging issue in our culture and society and they’re a product that’s been developed to replace tobacco basically,” said tobacco reduction lead Nancy Viney.
“They’re being marketed to kids, they’re in flavours like cherry and watermelon. So what influence is that going to have on children? Are they going to start with e-cigarettes and move to tobacco?”
The changes 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.
The legislation will be introduced this spring to ensure businesses and organizations have time to prepare for the changes.