Ontario Protecting Children and Youth from Dangers of Vaping

Published on February 28, 2020

Following extensive consultation, Ontario is taking further action to protect children and youth from the health risks of vaping, while maintaining adults' access to smoking cessation options.

 

Ontario is proposing regulatory changes that, if approved, would limit where flavoured and high nicotine vapour products are sold at retail. At the same time, the province will expand prevention initiatives and services to quit vaping.

Ontario has consulted with health care experts, industry partners, parents and youth to develop protective measures to help keep children and youth safe.

 

The proposed changes include:

Increasing access to services to help people quit vaping by expanding Telehealth Ontario;
Restricting the retail sale of flavoured vapour products to specialty vape stores and cannabis retail stores, which are restricted to people aged 19 and over, with the exception of menthol, mint and tobacco flavours;
Restricting the retail sale of high nicotine vapour products (more than 20mg/ml) to specialty vape stores;
Working with major online retailers of vapour products and stakeholders to ensure compliance with age-based sales restrictions for online sales;
Requiring specialty vape stores to ensure that vapour product displays, and promotions are not visible from outside their stores;
Enhancing mental health and addiction services and resources to include vaping and nicotine addiction; and
Establishing a Youth Advisory Committee to provide advice on vaping issues.
Ontario is also calling on the federal government to implement a national tax on vaping products.

Ontario expects the proposed regulation changes, if approved, would come into effect on May 1, 2020, except for the regulatory amendment to restrict the retail sale of high nicotine vapour products, which the province expects would come into effect on July 1, 2020, if approved, to align with the federal changes to labelling of nicotine on products.