The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) has strongly advocated for the Canadian vaping sector. The CVA has raised worry over Quebec’s planned flavor ban and presented an alternate method to address the issue of teenage vaping.
Quebec’s proposed flavor ban would prohibit the sale of flavored vaping products to reduce underage vaping.
Except for tobacco and menthol, the restriction would apply to all flavors. While the prohibition is designed to curb juvenile vaping, the CVA fears it will have unexpected repercussions, potentially increasing youth smoking.
The CVA is concerned that the planned flavor ban may drive adult vapers back to smoking cigarettes. Flavors make vaping more appealing to adult users and give an alternative to the unpleasant taste of cigarettes.
Furthermore, the CVA claims the restriction will not discourage young people from vaping. Instead, it will drive them to the black market, which will offer them unregulated and harmful products.
The CVA thinks that enforcing current regulations, such as limiting the sale of vaping devices to minors and restricting marketing to adolescents, would be a preferable way to reduce youth vaping.
Sale of Vaping Products in Quebec, 2023
The sale of vaping goods in Quebec will be subject to some limitations and regulations beginning in 2023 to reduce teenage vaping and enhance public health.
These laws include a proposed prohibition on flavored vaping products, advertising and promotion limits, and age verification and ingredient disclosure requirements. Besides tobacco and menthol flavors, the proposed ban on flavored vaping goods would restrict the sale of all flavored e-liquids and cartridges.
The restriction intends to reduce the attractiveness of vaping to youngsters, who are especially susceptible to the temptation of fruity or sweet flavors. The prohibition is currently being examined and is not yet in effect.
The CVA has recommended a different approach to the planned flavor restriction. They recommend a holistic approach to reducing youth vaping, including greater enforcement, public education campaigns, and age verification technologies.
The CVA feels that this method, rather than a flavor ban, will be more effective in lowering teenage vaping.
Quebec Flavor Ban Impact
Furthermore, the CVA has raised worry about the flavor ban’s possible impact on small firms in the vaping sector. According to the CVA, the planned restriction may force the closure of up to 400 stores in Quebec alone.
Many factors determine the income earned by a business selling vaping products, including the location of the store, the size of its client base, the popularity of vaping products in the region, and the sorts of items offered.
The CVA claims that a flavor ban will ruin these firms, which create jobs and contribute to the local economy.
It’s worth mentioning that industry sectors like aerospace, technology, and natural resources fuel Quebec’s economy. These sectors employ a sizable proportion of the province’s workforce and produce significant revenues for Quebec.
As a result, while the vaping sector has some economic impact, it is only a small contributor to Quebec’s economy.
Proposed Restrictions on Vapes
In addition to the planned ban on flavored vaping products, Quebec has enacted several additional regulations governing the sale of vaping devices.
The proposed flavor ban in Quebec would prohibit the sale of flavored vaping goods, such as e-liquids and cartridges, except for tobacco and menthol flavors.
These measures include advertising and promotion prohibitions that prevent the display of vaping items in locations where adolescents may be exposed, such as convenience shops and petrol stations. Vendors must also keep vaping items out of sight and behind the counter.
Quebec has also restricted the sale of vaping items to minors to decrease adolescent access to vaping products further. Before selling vaping items, retailers must verify their clients’ age through an ID check or an online verification.
The government has also restricted the sale of vaping items to specialty shops and approved dealers rather than convenience stores and petrol stations. Quebec has adopted standards for ingredient disclosure and product safety, in addition to limiting minors’ access to vaping goods.
Manufacturers of vaping goods must give a complete ingredient list and submit their products to Health Canada for evaluation. These guidelines intend to improve public health and guarantee safe vaping devices.
Despite these limitations, the sale of vaping goods in Quebec continues to thrive. Many businesses have adapted to the new laws and continue providing adult vaping goods.
Advocacy groups such as the Canadian Vaping Association, which has been a vociferous opponent of the planned flavor restriction and has lobbied for alternate measures to reduce child vaping, have also backed these businesses.
It should be noted that the planned flavor prohibition has not yet been adopted and is still under consideration. According to the Quebec government, the planned ban attempts to prevent youth vaping, which has surged in the province.
However, opponents of the ban, such as the Canadian Vaping Association, contend that it will have unexpected repercussions and may promote teenage smoking.
The sale of vaping goods in Quebec is subject to various limitations and laws designed to reduce teenage vaping and promote public health.
These measures include a proposed prohibition on flavored vaping goods, advertising and promotion limitations, and age verification and ingredient disclosure requirements.
While the rules have influenced the industry, many merchants have adapted and are still selling items to adult vapers. Advocacy organizations have also backed these businesses, and are pushing for other ways to reduce teenage vaping.
The CVA argues that Quebec’s planned flavor prohibition is inappropriate and will result in unforeseen effects. Instead, the CVA has proposed a different approach to reducing young vaping through various initiatives.
The CVA thinks that taking this strategy will be more successful in lowering child vaping while simultaneously protecting the rights of adult vapers and small businesses in the vaping sector.