The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported a marked increase in the use of vaping products among young people in the United States. Health Canada whose mandate is to help Canadians maintain and improve their health, says it is concerned about this situation.
The FDA announced new measures to restrict youth access to vaping products and new restrictions on flavored tobacco products.
While the use of vaping products among young people has not seen a similar peak in Canada, Health Canada is concerned about the situation and is taking action. According to the most recent Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS), released at the end of October, the rate of vaping product use among young people in Canada is stable and well below observed levels. in the USA. However, this is a rapidly changing market, with new products being launched regularly in Canada; so Health Canada is monitoring the situation closely.
Canada has already established a strong regulatory framework for vaping products, which is primarily aimed at preventing adoption among youth and non-smokers. On May 23, 2018, Canada passed the new Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TVPA). The Act sets 18 as the national minimum age for access to vaping products. It also includes significant restrictions on the promotion of vaping products, including banning:
- promotion of attractive products for young people;
- advertising promoting a lifestyle;
- the promotion of sponsorships;
- gifts of vaping products or branded products.
Further restrictions under the TVPA will come into effect on November 19, 2018. These include the following prohibitions:
- Selling and promoting vaping products that make the product appealing to young people, such as interesting shapes or sounds;
- the promotion of certain flavors - such as confectionery, dessert or soft drink flavors - which may be attractive to young people;
- the promotion of products by means of recommendations or advertisements.
The FDA also announced its intention to ban the use of menthol in tobacco products and to ban flavored cigars. Canada has already banned the use of additives, including flavorings, in cigarettes, husks and most cigars, and a total ban on the use of menthol in tobacco products is coming into effect. effective November 19.
Health Canada continues to closely monitor the Canadian market for signs of an increase in the use of vaping products by young people.
Source : Indexsante.ca