After flurries of new regulations were introduced for vapor products around the world, it appears that Canada is set to follow suit in the near future. Until now, Canada has had few regulations on the books that directly affect the sale and production of vaporizers and related products. However, with a growing number of adolescents using vaporizers in the last few years, lawmakers are looking to strengthen regulations and keep vaping out of the hands of youth.
Classifying Vapor Products
As noted by Health Canada, the current tobacco regulations in Canada do a poor job of regulating vapor products as a whole. By grouping vaporizers and e-liquids into the same category as traditional tobacco products, the law is poorly implemented and lacks a fundamental understanding of how vaping works.
On the plus side, this is why some lawmakers have been adamant about creating a new class of regulations designed specifically for vapor. This could have both positive and negative impacts on the vaping community, but it does indicate at least a few legislators are actively engaged in learning about the ins and outs of vapor.
Preventing Underage Use
By and large, the focus of the new Canadian regulations is aimed at underage use of vapor products. The goal is to set the minimum age for purchase the same as the current tobacco regulations. The means your vape store will not be allowed to sell vapor products to kids under the age of 17.
Fortunately, most vape shops are already in compliance with these rules and probably won’t suffer much from the new regulation. However, some vapor store locations have allowed the sale of accessories and non-nicotine products to minors, and this may come to a halt.
According to lawmakers, the concern is that even kids who vape non-nicotine e-liquids could be inviting their friends to start vaping and introduce them to nicotine options that they otherwise would not have access to. The prevalence of sweet, candy-like flavors is also a supposed draw for minors that can cause concern among parents. Vape stores of all kinds are fearful that Canada will outlaw the vast majority of these flavors and severely limit the availability of products to people who are trying to use vaping to quit smoking.
Another key component of the proposed vapor regulations coming to Canada is a focus on improved safety. So far there has been little said or done about e-liquid manufacturers using potentially harmful chemicals in their e-liquids. While the vape community as a whole has largely regulated itself and shunned companies that cut corners or use low-grade ingredients, lawmakers are looking for ways to hold manufacturers accountable.
In the U.S., the requirement for vapor manufacturers to submit their products to the FDA for approval has caused a headache due to the implementation. In Canada, it is still unclear which products will be subject to these regulations, although many are hoping that lawmakers focus on keeping e-liquids safe rather than placing vaporizers and accessories under the same umbrella. Of course, this will require more lawmakers to do their part to understand all of the various aspects of vaping.
There is definitely a lot of talk going on about the type of packaging that vapor manufacturers will be able to use in the future. Some lawmakers are looking to force vapor companies to use plain packaging that does not entice youth to try their products. This is especially true of candy-, fruit- and dessert-flavored products that are typically brightly colored and contain images that appeal to children. There will also likely be warning labels required based on the legislators’ assessment of risks posed by vaping.
Even among the vaping community, many people support stronger legislation for vapor products in Canada. However, most people want significantly more research to be done before regulations are put in place. Vapers recoil at the thought that their products could be painted as equally harmful as traditional cigarettes when the reality is much different. If regulators make people think vaporizers are as dangerous as cigarettes, fewer smokers will have access to the tools they need to help them quit smoking.
For many current vapors, these products played a vital role in their ability to reduce their nicotine intake and escape the harmful chemicals that are present in cigarettes. Vapers are encouraging their representatives to do their part to protect vaping as a medically useful group of products that increase public health, rather than detracting from it.
If you want to learn more about the fight to keep vaping accessible to the millions of people who quit smoking every year, you should contact your local VaporFi vape shop. Local organizations have been formed to help share information and educate the general public about the need for support of vaping in general.