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Nova Scotia to announce changes to vaping regulations next week, minister says
A woman using a vaping device exhales a puff of smoke in Mayfield Heights, Ohio in this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia is poised to become the next province to tighten rules governing vaping.
Health Minister Randy Delorey says the province will announce new regulations next week.
Last month, Premier Stephen McNeil said his government is looking at regulations that could include a ban on flavoured vaping products.
Delorey hasn't given specifics about the changes to come, but says the province has the ability to regulate such things as flavours for e-cigarettes.
He says other changes will need to happen through new legislation, which will likely be introduced during the spring sitting of the legislature.
Delorey says he has taken note of strict new measures recently adopted in Prince Edward Island and British Columbia.
"We pay attention to all jurisdictions," he said Thursday. "We know where the concerns are and we are going to look at our legislation and craft what's appropriate."
Last week the P.E.I. government passed legislation that sets the highest age restriction in the country, raising the legal age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21.
The legislation also bans certain flavours of e-cigarettes and restricts where the products can be sold.
In British Columbia, a comprehensive 10-point plan is aimed at protecting youth from the health risks of vaping, including legislation that would boost the provincial sales tax on such products from seven per cent to 20 per cent.
Earlier this month several health advocacy groups, including the Canadian Cancer Society, called on the Nova Scotia government to take urgent action to curb skyrocketing rates of vaping among young people.
The groups recommended measures including restricting flavours and banning sales except in adult-only specialty vape shops.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2019.