Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO responds to Health Canada regarding vaping products

When e-cigarettes first came on the market, they were touted as safer alternatives to traditional smoking and an effective method for smoking cessation for adults. However, emerging evidence demonstrates that e-cigarettes and vaping products are associated with long-term lung disease.

In an effort to protect youth from the harms of vaping, in December 2019 Health Canada amended vaping regulations to require: a nicotine concentration statement and health warning regarding toxicity and addiction on all vaping products containing nicotine; a list of ingredients for all vaping substances on product labels; and a prohibition on nicotine concentrations. In addition, in June 2020, the regulations restricted the promotion of vaping products to youth in Canada, making it illegal for product or brand element advertisements to be seen or heard by young persons in person or online. 

RNAO welcomed these amendments and further regulation imposed by the Ministry of Health in Ontario to limit the promotion and sale of vaping products with nicotine concentrations greater than 20 mg/ml, however, we now urge Health Canada to impose stricter vaping regulations at the federal level to further curb the rise of e-cigarette and vaping product use by youth. 

In RNAO’s submission to Health Canada, we call for the following additional recommendations regarding vaping products in Canada:

1. Further curb youth use of vaping tobacco products by increasing the age requirement to 21 years under the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act. 

2. Ban the use of flavoured vaping and e-cigarette products designed to appeal to youth across the country under the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act.

For more details about our recommendations, please read our full submission online.  

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