Federal Restriction of Vaping Product Flavours
By: Ivy Tang, Product Safety Specialist, email
This past July, Health Canada proposed the following measures which were published in the Canada Gazette Part I:
- Restriction of the promotion and use of flavours with the exception of tobacco, mint, menthol, or a combination of mint/menthol
- Prohibition of sugars, sweeteners, and most flavouring ingredients (except those that impart the flavours mentioned above)
- Creation of sensory attribute standards so that a vaping product cannot produce a sensory perception other than one that is typical for tobacco, mint, or menthol.
Schedules 2 and 3 of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act would be amended accordingly, and a new regulation titled Standards for Vaping Products’ Sensory Attributes Regulations will be introduced. The amendment and regulation have not been published in the Canada Gazette Part II yet.
The purpose of Health Canada’s strategy is to protect young persons and non-users of tobacco from the possibility of nicotine addiction and to protect their overall health. Currently, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI have banned flavored vaping products, while Ontario and British Columbia have restricted the sale of flavored vaping products to age-specific specialty stores.
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