Briefing

B.C. proposes Canada’s strictest vaping regulations

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The new rules would limit nicotine concentrations in e-cigarettes to 20 milligrams per millilitre, restrict flavoured vaping sales to adult-only stores and raise the sales tax on vaping products from seven per cent to 20 per cent. If the legislation passes, the new tax would become effective on Jan. 1, 2020, with other regulations coming that April. (Vancouver Sun)

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Talking point: The regulations would make B.C. the first province or territory with a tax specifically on vape sales. The proposed changes echo a push in the U.S. for tougher regulations amid an uptick in youth vaping and growing number of vaping-related lung injuries—as of November 13, there had been a reported 2,172 cases in the country, including 42 deaths. While Canada has seen relatively few cases of the illness, health officials have called on emergency regulations to be placed on e-cigarettes rather than wait for clearer evidence of their safety, or for more people to get sick. Also on Friday, Apple said it would remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store, citing warnings from health authorities.