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Saskatchewan health minister urges caution over issue of vaping in public

A resolution passed on Feb. 2 at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention suggests "vaping" should be included in legislation that bans smoking in public places. Canadian Press

REGINA – Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan says there are no imminent plans to change provincial smoking laws to cover electronic cigarettes.

A resolution passed Tuesday at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention suggests “vaping” should be included in legislation that bans smoking in public places.

The resolution, which delegates to the Regina meeting passed by a narrow margin, was to be forwarded to the Saskatchewan government.

Duncan says the issue should be approached with caution because vaping could possibly be used to help people stop smoking tobacco.

He also says that while there are provincial smoking rules, communities still have their own smoking bans for areas such as public parks.

The minister says that’s why a provincial ban on vaping would not eliminate a patchwork of rules across Saskatchewan.

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