OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported a significant increase in the useof vaping products by youth in the United States. As a result, the FDA has announced new measures to restrict youth access to vaping products and new restrictions on flavoured tobacco products.
Canada has already established a strong regulatory framework for vaping products, with a focus on preventing uptake by youth and non-smokers. On May 23, 2018, Canada passed into law the new Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TVPA). The Act creates a national minimum age of access for vaping products of 18 years. It also includes significant restrictions on the promotion of vaping products, such as bans on:
Additional restrictions under the TVPA are set to come into force on November 19, 2018. These include bans on:
The FDA has also announced its intention to prohibit the use of menthol in tobacco products, and a ban on flavoured cigars. Canada has already banned the use of additives, including flavours, in cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars, and a total prohibition against the use of menthol in tobacco products comes into force on November 19, 2018.
Health Canada continues to carefully monitor the Canadian market for signs of an increase in the use of vaping products by youth.
Associated Links 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 2016-17 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey Health Canada Vaping Information Tobacco and Vaping Products Act Contact Health Canada to report a vaping product promotion that targets youth
SOURCE Health Canada
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