Feds pass 'Tobacco and Vaping Products Act'

Canadian adults will soon have easier access to e-cigarettes and vaping supplies, and be exposed to more ads promoting them, now that Ottawa has passed legislation formally legalizing and regulating the practice.

The Tobacco and Vaping Products Act prohibits the sale of vape products to minors, ban flavours aimed at young people and prohibits marketing that features testimonials, health claims or ``lifestyle'' themes.

It also allows the legal manufacture, import and sale of vaping products both with and without nicotine.

Other provisions will come into force 180 days after the bill becomes law to give manufacturers and importers time to comply.

Manufacturers that want to market their products with therapeutic claims, such as for smoking cessation, will still require Health Canada's blessing before their products can be imported, advertised or sold in Canada.