According to vapingpost, Alberta, Canada, has implemented an electronic cigarette legislation that bans minors from buying e-cigarettes and allows the sale of flavoring products.
In response to a question about the amendment to the tobacco and smoking reduction act, Alberta's health minister, Tyler shandro, said the bill does not include a ban on flavored aerosol products, but may consider adding it later.
Before introducing the 19th bill to the house of Representatives, shandro said: "strong action must be taken to address the problem of heavy smoking among young people."
In December, smoking data on 75000 students in grades 9 to 12 were collected in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, and the report showed a significant increase in the number of young smokers among high school students.
The survey highlighted that nearly a third of high school students in Alberta and Quebec and a quarter of high school students in Ontario said they had used e-cigarettes in the past month.
As part of the annual compass high school students' health behavior survey, the survey is considered to be the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada, compiling data for policy makers and researchers studying adolescent behavior in drug use.
Referring to the data, shandro's Ministry of Education said that in the past five years, the use of e-cigarettes by high school students has risen from 8% to 30%. No one is fully aware of the health hazards of e-cigarettes, but recent lung diseases and deaths associated with e-cigarettes are a warning. E-cigarette is not a harmless behavior without short-term or long-term consequences.
If passed, the bill will extend the current restrictions on traditional tobacco products to the use of e-cigarettes, and will include e-cigarettes in areas where smoking has been banned, such as shops where hospitals, colleges and pharmacies are located.
In addition, the legislation will expand the list of places that prohibit the use of traditional cigarettes, and add playgrounds, sports grounds, skateboarding and bicycle parks, and public outdoor swimming pools to avoid exposing young people to nicotine products and second-hand smoke.
If the bill comes into effect, the new regulations are expected to come into force sometime next autumn. The final draft of the revised tobacco law is the result of a review of e-cigarettes that began last year, with 250 people providing advice and 9500 online comments.