The Canadian government has established a regulatory framework for vaping products. As the incidence of vaping increases among the population, the government continues an aggressive campaign to lower and prevent interest of youths and adults who do not smoke tobacco.
Definition of Vaping
In Canada vaping products are regulated depending on whether or not they make therapeutic claims or have cannabis in them. Vaping is defined as “the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by vaping products which doesn’t require burning like cigarette smoking. The device heats the liquid into vapor, which turns into aerosol and the vapor often contains nicotine.”
The Tobacco and Vaping Products ACT
The tobacco and vaping products act (TVPA) which became a law in 2019 regulates the manufacture, sale, labelling and promotion of tobacco and vaping products whether they contain nicotine or make a therapeutic claim. Vaping products besides those that contain cannabis or the ones that apply to the Food and Drug Act (FDA) are consumer products and are applied under the CANADA Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). This act forbids the manufacture, import, advertisement or sale of any consumer product that is a “danger to human health or safety”.
Vaping products that have nicotine must show a standardized nicotine concentration statement and health warning about nicotine addictiveness. The package must also show a toxicity warning and first aid treatments. A list of ingredients must be displayed on all vaping substances regardless of the content of nicotine.
These regulations will become effective July 2020 with one exception. The requirements to refilling vaping devices and their accessories to be child resistant will not become effective until January 2021.
Canada is trying to make the packaging and vaping products safer and will continue to prevent youths and adults from vaping especially for those who don’t smoke once they come out with the regulations later this year.