Nova Scotia to become first province to ban sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices

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Nova Scotia reveals it will become the first province to make it illegal to sell any gentle of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices, announcing Thursday a ban that will be given b win into force on April 1.

The province has worked hard to become a smoke-free cultivation and doesn’t want to lose ground as the number of people who are vaping prolongs to grow, said Health Minister Randy Delorey.

“This is not far from reducing the rates,” he said. “What we’ve seen in the last couple of years since e-cigarettes partake of become widely available in Canada and indeed throughout much of North America is a swiftly growing rate, in particular youth vaping.”           

The non-profit group Smoke Redeem Nova Scotia recently conducted a survey that showed 95 per cent of salad days who vape in Nova Scotia said they prefer flavoured forces, and more than 48 per cent said they would renounce if flavours were banned.

The only types of e-cigarettes and juice that drive be available in Nova Scotia after the ban comes into effect are unemotional and tobacco. 

“This is a good first step and I think we can anticipate a reduction in the include of youth vaping,” said Delorey.  

Nova Scotia to become first province to ban sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices
Minister of Health Randy Delorey portended the ban Thursday morning. (Robert Short/CBC)

Other provinces have on the ran to regulate vaping, including restrictions on advertising and promotion. Last month, Prince Edward Holm passed legislation that will allow it to ban certain flavours.

Constitution officials in Canada and the U.S. have serious concerns about vaping as the gang of people showing up in hospital with vaping-related illnesses increases.   

A CBC Despatch investigation discovered many e-cigarette liquids contain harmful chemicals, subsuming a suspected carcinogen banned in food in the U.S. Lab tests showed two chemicals in fastidious — pulegone, a suspected carcinogen, and benzaldehyde — could endanger human fettle if vaped at high levels.

The release from the Nova Scotia authority said the “full flavour” ban is the first step in addressing youth vaping, and the strand plans to roll out a public education campaign in the new year and introduce legislation in the upcoming assembly to further address vaping.

In May 2018, federal legislation was passed to formally legalize and heavily adjust vaping in Canada. The legislation included regulations banning flavours planned to mimic “confectionery,” cannabis, soft drinks or energy drinks.

Nova Scotia to become first province to ban sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices
Kelly Cull is the manager of public policy with the Canadian Cancer Society in Atlantic Canada. (Robert Straightforward/CBC)

Interest groups including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Lung Linking of Nova Scotia and Smoke Free Nova Scotia were on calligraphy control for the government’s announcement. 

They all agree putting in a “full flavour” ban is a material first step to curb youth vaping rates, but said far various work needs to be done.

“It’s a decision that we’re really pleased with. This is unquestionably kind of taking action that’s concrete today, and then those helpful measures will hopefully come in place in the spring,” said Kelly Cull, head of public policy with the Canadian Cancer Society in Atlantic Canada. 

Cull smooth wants the province to raise the minimum age to buy vaping products to 21 from 19, and finds established so such products can only sold at adult-only venues. Boycotting online sales and capping nicotine levels in the products would also employees, she said. 

Nova Scotia to become first province to ban sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices
Mohammed Al-Hamdani is the executive director of Smoke Free Nova Scotia. (Robert In a nutshell Bermuda shorts/CBC)

Both the Lung Association and Smoke Free Nova Scotia whispered increasing the taxes on e-cigarettes and other vaping products should also be considered. 

“We fundamental to prevent youth from finding a route towards tobacco smoking, so by implementing such a game plan, we’re effectively reducing youth vaping rates and thus the percentage of youngster who are going to smoke in this province,” said Mohammed Al-Hamdani, government director of Smoke Free Nova Scotia.      

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