On May 17, according to Canadian media reports, Nova Scotia has approved a new regulatory cap on electronic liquids and cigarettes, making it the first Canadian province to adopt a maximum nicotine concentration of 20 mg / ml.
The order signed last week changed the province’s tobacco access act and came into force on September 1.
The move comes after an amendment was passed in March banning flavored atomized products.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the highest level of nicotine in Nova Scotia is the same as that in the European Union of 28 countries, which has been in place for several years.
The Provincial Department of Health said in an email that the changes will increase efforts to protect young people from nicotine by reducing their exposure to highly addictive concentrations of nicotine.
A 2016-17 survey showed that 37% of students in Grades 7-12 in Nova Scotia tried to smoke e-cigarettes at least once, one of the highest smoking rates in Canada.
In a news release on Monday, the Canadian Cancer Society took note of a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo that found that young people aged 16-19 in Canada were smoking between 2017 and 2019.
The study, published in the American Journal of medical Pediatrics, found that smoking rates among young people increased from Eight point four %Growth to 2019 seventeen point eight %, an increase of 112%.
According to the cancer society, after the legalization of nicotine containing e-cigarettes in May 2018 and the entry of tobacco companies into the e-cigarette market in Canada, young people’s e-cigarettes have increased rapidly.
It also noted that last November, British Columbia announced that it would pass a law limiting the maximum amount of nicotine to 20 milligrams per milliliter. The regulation has not yet been adopted.
Quebec and the federal government also said they were considering the measure.
The move by the Nova Scotia provincial government will make it harder for heavy smokers to quit smoking, and little has been done to combat smoking among young people, an unnamed e-cigarette industry group said on Monday.
As a result, smokers may continue to smoke, people who have quit may smoke again, or smokers may try to obtain higher nicotine and flavoring products from illegal markets or other provinces, the electronic cigarette industry and Trade Association said in a statement.