New provincial e-cigarette laws in effect today

VICTORIA, B.C. – New laws around the sale, promotion and use of e-cigarettes have gone into effect today.

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act is designed to protect youth from the unknown effects of e-cigarette vapour and from becoming addicted to nicotine.

The Act was introduced as an amendment in the spring of 2015 to help stop the growing use of e-cigarettes by young people in British Columbia. According to statistics, one in five Canadian youth have tried an e-cigarette.

The amended act requires retailers to ensure e-cigarettes are sold only to adults aged 19 years and older, and to ensure that no retail displays or advertisements are seen by youth.

Under the act, e-cigarettes cannot be sold in public buildings, and their use is banned on public and private school grounds, in indoor public spaces and workplaces, and in vehicles when those under the age of 16 are present.

B.C. continues to have the lowest smoking rate in Canada, at approximately 15.3 percent. Since the province’s Smoking Cessation Program began in 2011, more than $51.5 million has been invested into the program, and more than 234,000 British Columbians have used the program to try to quit.

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