Health minister wants 'balanced' but 'aggressive' approach to vaping regulations
2019-02-07 from cbc.ca
Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said her department wants to take a balanced and aggressive approach to regulating the advertisement of vaping products.
The minister said in an interview with Information Morning Fredericton she proposed new measures Tuesday to curb youth vaping.
The proposals would tighten regulations introduced in 2018 and include mandatory health warnings on vaping products, restricted advertising and the second phase of a public education and awareness campaign.
Advertising restrictions would include a ban on retail advertising in spaces where youth are allowed and a ban on billboards and other outdoor ads.
"We certainly want to make sure that we aggressively deal with this situation, because we certainly don't want to see an uptick when it comes to youth vaping," Petitpas Taylor said.
Barbara Walls, the director of health promotion for the New Brunswick Lung Association, applauded the federal government for their renewed efforts to stop vaping in youth.
She said the advent of vaping has set the anti-smoking campaign back 30 years. She said the number of youth vaping is an "epidemic."
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