Canadian Vaping Association supports Saskatchewan’s move to amend The Tobacco Control Act to limit youth access to vaping products
November 4th 2019 9:59pm
Canadian Vaping Association supports Saskatchewan’s move to amend The Tobacco Control Act to limit youth access to vaping products

Toronto, ON – November 6, 2019 – The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) applauds the recent announcement by the province of Saskatchewan, calling for an amendment to the Tobacco Control Act to remove vaping products in convenience stores and other non-age-restricted venues. The new amendment is expected to take effect in Spring 2020.


“The CVA supports Health Minister Reiter’s decision to introduce legislation to ban the promotion and sale of vaping products across convenience stores and other non-age-restricted businesses, as well as restricting the sale of vaping product to residents under the age of 18. We believe this is an effective approach to limiting youth uptake,” said Darryl Tempest, Executive Director, The Canadian Vaping Association. “Limiting the sale of e-liquid nicotine vaping products to age-restricted retail environments has been a key message in our ongoing recommendations to Health Canada for addressing youth uptake, and we are pleased to see provincial regulations moving in this direction.”


Ensuring vaping products are only available in specialty vape shops, which are subject to the most robust vaping regulations in the country, allows access for adults using these products as a harm-reduction alternative to combustible tobacco, without the threat of these products getting into the wrong hands. It is important that adult smokers looking to transition to a less harmful alternative have access to an environment that is safe, regulated and equipped with the proper educational knowledge required to speak to and sell vaping products. 


We also support Minister Reiter’s commitment to conducting stakeholder consultation before moving ahead with any changes regarding the sale of flavoured vape products exclusively to specialty stores. “Flavours have been miscast as a key driver for the recent youth update seen across North America. But the reality is, tens of thousands of flavours have been introduced to the marketplace with little to no impact on youth uptake rates since the inception of the industry. In fact, the availability of these flavours is a key component in transiting millions of smokers globally to this far less harmful alternative to combustible tobacco. We feel strongly that a thorough, evidence-based review of the province’s vaping regulations is necessary, to ensure that vaping products are regulated and out of the hands of youth, while still accessible as a lifeline to smokers resolved to quit or significantly reduce their tobacco consumption,” added Tempest.


About the Canadian Vaping Association


The Canadian Vaping Association (thecva.org) is a registered national, not-for-profit organization, established as the voice for the burgeoning Canadian vaping industry. Founded in 2014, the CVA represents over 200 retail and online vaping businesses in Canada, not including tobacco companies or affiliates. The association is the primary liaison with the federal and provincial governments on all legislative and regulatory issues related to the industry. The primary goal of CVA is to ensure that government regulation is reasonable and practical, through the strategy of professional proactive communication and education supplied bilingually to health officers, media, and elected officials.
 
For more information, please contact:


Darryl Tempest, Executive Director
647-274-1867
[email protected]

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