The federal government says it will introduce new legislation this fall to regulate vaping in Canada.
The announcement came Tuesday from Health Canada and Health Minister Jane Philpott.
A release states that changes will be made to the Tobacco Act to regulate e-cigarettes and vaping to “balance the need to protect youth from nicotine addiction and tobacco use while allowing adult smokers to legally access vaping products for smoking cessation or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco.”
There is no immediate word on what those regulations might look like.
The release adds that Minister Philpott will host a national forum in early 2017 to discuss the future of tobacco control, including speaking with stakeholders and Canadians, including First Nations and Inuit Canadians.
“The Government of Canada is continuing to explore new and better ways to address smoking in Canada, and its impact on the health of Canadians. I am proud of the progress we’ve made so far, and I look forward to working with our partners and stakeholders to ensure Canada remains a leader in tobacco control,” read a statement by Minister Philpott.
Health Canada says that an estimated 87,000 Canadians will become daily smokers this year, many of them youth.