Minister of Health Jane Philpott confirmed Tuesday that the Government of Canada will introduce regulations on vaping products.
A media release from the minister’s office states the government is forced to regulate vaping because young Canadians continue to take up smoking.
“An estimated 87,000 Canadians will become daily smokers this year, many of them youth, putting them and others at risk of developing a variety of diseases and illnesses,” they state. “That is why the Government of Canada is continuing to take action to lower smoking rates and shift public attitudes about tobacco.” The government cites the smoking rate as 15 per cent as of 2013, down from 25 per cent in 1999.
“Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada, affecting the well-being of all Canadians, including youth. The Government of Canada is continuing to explore new and better ways to address smoking in Canada, and its impact on the health of Canadians,” states Philpott. “I am proud of the progress we’ve made so far, and I look forward to working with our partners and stakeholders to ensure Canada remains a leader in tobacco control.”
Philpott will host a national forum in early 2017 to discuss the future of tobacco control and hear from a wide range of stakeholders and Canadians, including First Nations and Inuit Canadians.
At the same time, to address the growing phenomenon of e-cigarettes and vaping, the Government will introduce amendments to the Tobacco Act to create a new legislative framework for regulating these products. These changes, to be introduced in the fall, will balance the need to protect youth from nicotine addiction and tobacco use while allowing adult smokers to legally access vaping products for smoking cessation or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco.
“These changes, to be introduced in the fall, will balance the need to protect youth from nicotine addiction and tobacco use while allowing adult smokers to legally access vaping products for smoking cessation or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco,” the release states.