Vaping rates among youth are increasing at an unsettling rate. The Canadian government has recently taken steps to address this concerning trend.
On 21 December 2019, Health Canada published proposed restrictions on the promotion of vaping products in the Canada Gazette, Part I. The proposed Vaping Products Promotion Regulations (VPPR) would ban all advertising that can be seen or heard by youth, with minor exceptions, and would prohibit the display of vaping products at retail locations and online, that are visible to youth. Additionally, a health warning would be required to appear in vaping product advertisements that are not prohibited.
On 24 December 2019, final labeling and packaging requirements for vaping products were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. According to the Vaping Products Labeling and Packaging Regulations (VPLPR), vaping products that contain vaping substances must display important health and safety information. Vaping products that contain nicotine must display a standardized nicotine concentration statement and a health warning about the addictive properties of nicotine. Additionally, vaping products containing nicotine must be packaged in child-resistant containers and display a toxicity warning and first aid treatment statement. Refillable vaping devices and their parts must also be child-resistant. Vaping formulas must display a list of ingredients, regardless of nicotine content.
Health Canada issued a statement about the Government of Canada’s response to the rise in youth vaping, which can be read here.
The VPLPR and proposed VPPR documents can be accessed at the following link.
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