The province is introducing new legislation that will prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in indoor public places and prohibit sale to minors.
“There are many unanswered questions surrounding the safety of e-cigarettes and their total impact on smoking rates,” said Minister Crothers. “Our goal is to find a balance that minimizes possible health risks to children and other bystanders, while acknowledging that some individuals use these products to help them quit smoking.”
E-cigarettes will now follow the same rules as tobacco products in regards to the sale to minors and restricted advertising, display and promotion.
The new rules also prohibit e-cigarette use in most indoor public places where smoking is currently prohibited, such as schools, libraries, hospitals, malls, restaurants, indoor workplaces and vehicles where children under the age of 16 are present.
Customers can still test products at specialty shops where vapour products are the predominant product sold. Some adult-only establishments may also be exempt from the ban, such as bars and casinos.