The federal government plans to regulate e-cigarettes to make vaping products less accessible to youth.
“The proposed act amends the Tobacco Act to regulate vaping products as a separate class of products,” Health Canada said in a statement on Tuesday.
The aim is to protect youth and non-users from nicotine addiction and inducements to tobacco use while allowing adults to access e-cigarettes as a likely less harmful alternatives to tobacco, an official told reporters.
The federal Liberals say vaping products like e-cigarettes have been growing in popularity. The government aims to regulate their manufacture, sale, labelling and promotion.
A key part of the legislation is to regulate health claims, such as if a vaping product will help smokers quit.
Besides restricting e-cigarette product sales to young people and adding child-resistant packaging to vaping products, the legislation would extend an existing prohibition on selling cigarettes in vending machines to e-cigarettes.
Flavours that evidence shows are attractive to children, such as candy flavours, would be prohibited in vaping products.
Rob Cunningham, a senior policy adviser at the Canadian Cancer Society, said e-cigarettes should be regulated.
“The new federal legislation will deal areas of federal responsibility, such as advertising and promotion, packaging, the product itself, use in federally regulated workplaces and public places.”
Cunningham said the new federal legislation would complement provincial legislation adopted in eight provinces.
The contents of the bill largely follow the recommendations of the federal health committee.
The proposed legislation would also implement plain packaging for tobacco products.
In May, the department announced three months of public consultations on the move.