When last February measures that limit the sales of vaping products to adults, ban their promotion in retail stores and their use in some public spaces were rolled out, Health Minister Jim Reiter had emphasized that these were “step one” and indicated flavours needed to be tackled next.
The consultation asks stakeholders for their input on options such as restricting sales of flavoured products to speciality shops, online or in pharmacies; prohibiting flavours with high levels of nicotine and only allowing flavours that are currently available in NRTs.
Saskatchewan’s Lung Association suggests a flavour ban
Meanwhile, a Saskatchewan health advocacy group, is hoping the province will follow other provinces in banning flavoured vaping products altogether. The group sent statements on their position to the Ministry of Health in time to coincide with the closing of the consultation.
“Our position, in the health field, is that all vape flavours are banned,” said Jennifer May, Saskatchewan Lung Association vice president of health promotion and government relations. “The lungs are meant for clean air period. Any time you put something other than clean air inside those lungs, we expect that there will be damage.”
Nova Scotia was the first Canadian province to ban flavours
Meanwhile, other Canadian provinces have set in place total flavour bans. Last January Nova Scotia become the first province in Canada to ban the sale of flavoured vaping products and e-cigarettes in a bid to combat youth vaping.
Findings by a survey conducted by non-profit group Smoke Free Nova Scotia, had indicated that 95% of youth who vape prefer flavours and over 48% said they would quit vaping if flavours were banned. Since the ban went into effect last April, the only flavours available for sale across the province are bland and tobacco.
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