One Canadian province is taking on vaping like no other province has before. A Nova Scotia vape ban will go into effect in 2020. The aim of the initiative is to reduce the number of young people who vape by targeting flavoured e-liquids and electronic cigarettes.
Back in September, Health Canada issued its first serious warning about vaping after there were multiple deaths in the U.S. from illness related to the habit.
Since then, there has been concern in Canada about the practice and the effects it could have, especially in youths.
On December 5, Health Minister Randy Delorey announced that Nova Scotia will be the first province to completely stop the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices as of April 1, 2020.
While the date that was chosen tends to get a bad rep, this isn't an April Fools Day joke.
The province is taking vaping very seriously and is concerned about the growing number of young people who are doing it. Specifically, they're worried about the effects it can have on their respiratory systems.
This move also comes as the province worries they're losing ground in their fight to be smoke-free.
In the last 30 years, the province has reduced youth smoking rates but that progress has stalled because vaping products, especially flavoured ones, continue to gain popularity.
"We've worked hard to shift to a smoke-free culture and we do not want to lose ground. Vaping rates, especially among young people, have been growing and we're concerned with what we're seeing," said Delorey in a news release.
According to Global News journalist Jeremy Keefe, Delorey said regulations, unlike bans, do not require legislation. He then stated that more restrictions are being looked at and will likely be introduced next year.
Currently, vaping products like e-cigarettes are governed by the Smoke-free Places Act in Nova Scotia which restricts the products from being sold to people under 19.
Products must also be out of view and there can be no signage or advertising outside of stores for vaping products.
"Nova Scotia was the first jurisdiction in Canada to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco and amending this regulation to ban flavoured e-cigarettes and juices is another big step forward," said Delorey.
Nova Scotia is the only province to announce a ban on the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices. It will come into effect on April 1, 2020.