‘Getting rid of the flavours is a huge step’

As of March 1, 2021, the sale of flavoured vape and e-cigarette products will be banned on Prince Edward Island.

The regulation changes were passed by cabinet last month. It comes as part of a private members bill from PC MLA Cory Deagle, which received unanimous support from the legislature in 2019, to crack down on nicotine use among young people.

Deagle calls the trend of youth vaping “disturbing”.

“There’s a lot of data out there that shows the increase and, you know, when they start vaping, they’re addicted to nicotine and eventually it’s going to lead them to smoking, and we don’t want that,” said Deagle.

“Getting rid of the flavours is a huge step, and I think the next step is a cap on the nicotine content.”

Crackdown on youth nicotine use

P.E.I. has already made changes to the Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Devices Sales and Access Act as part of Deagle’s bill.

Effective March 2020, the age of access for tobacco and vaping products increased to 21, and the points of purchase became more regulated — with products only available through vape shops and tobacconists.

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CBC – September 14, 2020.

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