Briefing

Top public health officials call for flavoured vaping products ban, plain-packaging rules

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The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH) recommended that federal, provincial and territorial governments enforce a wide prohibition, but allow exemptions for “a minimum set of flavours” for smokers trying to quit. It also suggested a minimum age of 21, and called for Ottawa to require vaping products to be sold in plain packaging marked with health warnings. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The CCMOH said it is “significantly concerned” about youth vaping in Canada; the measures are designed to address that problem. The group’s statement also notes that federal regulation on many of its recommendations “would be preferred to create national consistency.” But some provinces have already enacted their own measures—Nova Scotia and B.C. will shortly enact a flavour ban and plain-packaging rules, respectively. Health Canada consulted on both flavours and packaging last year, and is considering the results. As The Logic reported earlier this month, market leader Juul Canada pre-empted any changes by halting production on four flavoured pods pending Ottawa’s decision. The company has previously backed increasing the legal age for vaping purchases to 21 in Quebec.