VICTORIA, B.C. – As of September 1st there will be new laws regarding the sale, promotion and use of e-cigarettes.
The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act will hopefully protect youth from effects that e-cigarettes can cause and also from becoming addicted to nicotine according to the government.
The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control act requires:
“Retailers ensure e-cigarettes are sold only to adults aged 19 and above, and to ensure that no retail displays are targeted to youth. As well, there should be no retail advertising for e-cigarettes shown where youth can see it. In addition, an exception on the indoor use restriction was made so that a small number of customers in adult-only stores could learn how to use vapour products or to test products that they wish to buy.”
Also under the new act, e-cigarettes can’t be sold in public buildings and their use is prohibited on public and private school grounds, in indoor public spaces and workplaces. These laws also ban the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes on health authority grounds but health authorities can establish designated smoking and vaping areas at their discretion.
B.C. currently has the lowest smoking rate in Canada at around 15.3%. 1 in 5 youth have tried e-cigarettes.