CDA and Other Organizations Request the Government Impose Restrictions on Vaping Products
On September 30, 2019, Health Canada advised Canadians who use vaping products to monitor themselves for symptoms of pulmonary illness and to seek medical attention promptly if they have concerns about their health.
In the wake of the recent cases of severe pulmonary illnesses and a number of deaths reportedly linked to the use of vaping products in the United States, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada provided national guidance to the provinces and territories on identifying cases of severe pulmonary illness related to vaping or e-cigarette use in Canada.
The Canadian Dental Association, along with 7 other organizations, addressed a letter to the Prime Minister, requesting that the mandate letter he issues to the Minister of Health include directions to immediately adopt measures to protect young people from the harms associated with vaping.
The request is driven by a growing concern about the significant short and long-term health risks, including addiction, increased risk for heart disease and lung illness that these products impose on non-smoking youth.
CDA and the group of organizations believe that an interim order that would bring vaping products under the same types of restrictions that are in place for tobacco products, restricting promotions, imposing comprehensive restrictions on flavours and certain additives, capping nicotine concentration, and requiring health warnings.
Who are the organizations who put forward the request?
- Canadian Dental Association
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Canadian Lung Association
- Canadian Medical Association
- Heart & Stroke
- Action on Smoking and Health
- Coalition québécoise pour le contrôle du tabac
- Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco