The Province will restrict vapour product access, flavours, nicotine content, packaging, and advertising, and intends to increase taxes on vapour products, to protect youth from risks associated with vaping.
"Some vaping manufacturers are using flavours and advertising to entice and normalize vaping for youth - introducing a new generation to very high levels of a very addictive drug," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. "As a result, youth vaping rates are rising, putting them at risk for addiction and serious illness. That's why we are bringing in the most comprehensive plan in the country, and supporting young people to end this dangerous trend."
The new regulations will restrict the amount of nicotine in vapour pods and liquid to 20mg/ml and will require plain packaging for vapour products that include health warnings. Public advertising of vapour products will also be restricted in areas where youth spend time, such as bus shelters or community parks. The sale of vapour flavours, other than tobacco flavours, will only be allowed in age-restricted shops.
The regulations will come into force in spring 2020, following stakeholder engagement.
The regulations will be supported by a youth-led anti-vaping social media campaign to de-normalize vaping.
"When young people are the ones driving change, we know it gives their peers the energy and motivation to be part of the solution," said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. "That's why we are supporting our youth with resources and information to help them take on an industry that has targeted them for glamourized addiction."
To further deter harmful behaviour, the government intends to introduce legislation later this month to increase the provincial sales tax (PST) rate applied to vape products from 7% to 20%, which would make British Columbia the first province in Canada to introduce a specific tax rate related to vaping products.
The new tax rate would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020 and would be applied to all vaping devices, the substance or juice that is used with the vaping device and any vaping part or accessory.
On Twitter: @Q101Merritt