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Vaping regulations to be introduced this fall by Liberals

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OTTAWA – The Liberal government says it will introduce legislation this fall to regulate vaping.

Health Canada says the move will balance the need to protect young people from nicotine addiction while allowing adult smokers to legally buy vaping products and e-cigarettes to help quit smoking or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco.

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The department says it is also renewing the federal tobacco control strategy for one year, giving the government time to develop a new long-term plan.

The strategy was introduced in 2001 and last renewed four years ago.

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In addition, federal work continues on a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes, as well as a commitment to introduce plain and standardized packaging requirements on all tobacco products.

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The government says an estimated 87,000 Canadians, including many young people, will become daily smokers this year – placing them and others at risk of developing a variety of diseases and illnesses.

 

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