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BC introduces vaping regulations

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 2:23 PDT, Mon July 20, 2020

Last Updated: 2:24 PDT, Mon July 20, 2020

New provincial regulations restrict the content, flavour, packaging, advertising and sale of vapour products in BC.

“We heard from young people across the province that vaping companies are targeting them with a product that poses real and serious health and addiction risks,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “That’s why we are bringing in regulations to keep vapour products away from developing lungs and to prevent nicotine addiction. We know youth are eager to get involved in this action, and I’ve seen promising work through early youth engagement to help influence their peers and stop this dangerous trend of addiction.”

The new E-Substances Regulation restricts the amount of nicotine in vapour pods and liquid to 20mg/ml. Retailers can only sell vapour products that are plainly packaged and include health warnings on their labels. Existing retailers will have until Sept. 15 to comply with regulations.

The regulation also prohibits the sale of non-nicotine or nicotine-cannabis blended vapour products. 

Further regulation changes ban the advertising of vapour products in places where they can be accessed by youth, including bus shelters or community parks. They also restrict the sale of flavoured vapour products—which are attractive to youth—to adult-only shops.

The ministries of health and education are also establishing a youth advisory council, which will launch in September, in a bid to reduce vaping by young people. It will be accompanied by a youth-led anti-vaping social media campaign to de-normalize vaping.

“Schools are the perfect place to talk with young people about the negative effects vaping can have on their health and development, so they have the knowledge they need to make decisions about the use of nicotine and tobacco,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. 

Last year the BC Lung Association created and distributed a youth vaping prevention toolkit to all K-12 schools in BC. The toolkit provides information for educators, parents and youth to use when having discussions and making choices about vaping.

The quit-smoking service QuitNow has been updated to include new information for those who want help to quit vaping.

For a summary of vaping regulations, click here.

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