Taking further aim at vaping and its risks to teens, Health Minister Christine Elliott is clamping down on where vape products can be sold.
Flavoured vaping pods would be limited to specialty vape stores and cannabis stores restricted to shoppers age 19 and over, Elliott said Friday in releasing a number of proposals following months of consultation.
That will take sales of those products out of convenience stores and gas stations where the products can easily be seen by kids.
Sales of high nicotine vapour products above 20 mg/mL will also be restricted to specialty vape stores.
“As a mother myself, I know there’s a clear case for action to curb the alarming increase in youth vaping,” Elliott said.
Elliott also called for a federal tax on vaping products to discourage their use.
Elliott has been under pressure since the government took office in June 2018 and quickly decided to continue allowing promotion of vaping products in convenience stores and gas bars — something Kathleen Wynne’s previous Liberal administration had targeted for a ban that was to take effect just days after Premier Doug Ford was sworn in.
Faced with continuing concerns about rapid growth in teen vaping and a spate of serious lung illnesses, the Progressive Conservatives reversed that move and a ban on promotions took effect Jan. 1 of this year.
Elliott began signalling last fall that more measures were coming amid a push from critics of vaping to crack down on fruit flavours considered to be aimed at teens.
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