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Ban on e-cigarette sales to minors isn’t enough to curb youth vaping rates: Study

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Surveys of nearly 100,000 Canadians ages 11 to 25 found an overall increase in youth vaping rates between 2014 and 2017—before federal laws were enacted banning sales to minors. Provinces that prohibited e-cigarette sales to minors during the test period saw a 4.4 per cent increase in youth vaping, compared to a 9.7 per cent increase in provinces without bans. (The Logic)

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Talking point: Hai Nguyen, the study’s lead researcher, suggested that banning flavoured e-cigarette products, among other measures, would be a more effective way to reduce youth vaping than simply banning sales to minors, noting that kids find other means of accessing the products. Meanwhile, Reuters reported on Tuesday that industry leader Juul Labs—which claims its target market is adult smokers trying to quit—knew soon after launching products that kids were getting addicted to its products, but didn’t change course. The company is now facing intense pressure from regulators and investors—last week, tobacco heavyweight Altria wrote down its US$12.8-billion investment in Juul by US$4.5 billion.