PCs call for education, tightened legislation on vaping

PC Party of Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia PC Party says Leader Tim Houston tabled legislation Wednesday that focused on protecting young people from potential health problems associated with vaping.

In an e-mail, the party says Houston's amendments to the Tobacco Access Act would provide increased restrictions on vaping products in an effort to address the growing number of young people who vape.

"Vaping is a real concern for parents and for health professionals in Nova Scotia," said Houston. "The reports of vaping related injuries and sharp increase in usage among Nova Scotians are evidence that the government must act."

The party says the bill does the following:
- Prohibits use and possession of tobacco products by individuals under the age of 19;
- Bans flavoured e-liquids;
- Provides an educational component;
- Requires the legislation be reviewed after 5 years.

A release states the Lung Association of Nova Scotia reports nearly 37% of students in grades 7-12 have tried an e-cigarette at least once.

That is 61% higher than the same rate among all Canadian students within that age range.

The party says the increased usage of vaping products, combined with the frequent media stories on vaping related injuries has warranted urgent legislative action.