Ads promoting vaping products will be banned from convenience stores and gas stations in Ontario. This will start January 1st, 2020. The province is still allowing specialty vape stores and cannabis retail stores to promote vaping.
From 2017 to 2018, vaping among youth aged 16-19 increased 74 %
“Restricting the promotion of vapour products in retail stores will help prevent youth from being exposed and influenced by promotion in retail settings,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This is just one way our government is taking action to protect young people in Ontario.” The announcement Friday comes after more research from health experts pointing to increased usage of vaping products among Ontario’s youth.
“Vaping is not without risk, and the potential long-term effects of vaping remain uncertain,” said Elliott. “As we continue to engage with experts and families to identify further action we can take to protect our youth, this first step will help begin to curb the alarming increase in young people vaping.”