The Government of Canada remains concerned by the rise in youth vaping and is acting to address it. After confirming its intentions to lower the nicotine concentration in vaping products, Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced a public consultation on a proposal to better protect Canadians.
As part of efforts to reduce the appeal of vaping products, Health Canada is proposing to lower the nicotine concentration to a maximum of 20 mg/mL and prohibit the packaging and sale of a vaping product if the nicotine concentration displayed on the package exceeds this new limit, according to a press release. The current limit is 66mg/mL.
The 75-day public consultation opened for comment on December 19, 2020 and will close on March 4, 2021. Feedback from all Canadians will be considered in the development of the final Regulations.
The proposed changes build on existing measures already taken by the Government of Canada to address the rise in youth vaping, including extensive public education campaigns and banning the advertising of vaping products in public spaces if the ads can be seen or heard by youth, according to the release Health Canada is also considering to further restrict flavors in vaping products, and require the vaping industry to provide information about their vaping products, including sales, ingredients, and research and development activities.