Some Flavors Being Exempted as Vaping Rules Take Effect in Ontario


Rules restricting the selling of vape products specialty came into effect in Ontario. The rules imply that most of the products will be sold to significant cannabis retail stores and only to people who are above 19 years old. Products that have more than 20 milligrams of nicotine or more will be fewer in the stores. The stores will also be banned from having indoor displays which are usually seen from outside.

However, there are some flavours that have been exempted from the regulations. Those products include

Tobacco flavours

  • Mint
  • Methanol

Health Minister Elliot Christine unveiled the new measures way back in February. This result was after youth vaping had increased immensely over the few months. Due to efforts being undertaken by the ministry of health, vaping product promotions were banned in all gas stations and convenience stores at the beginning of the year.

Reasons for the ban

Vaping among Ontarian youth was on the rise after a thorough research was conducted. The results prompted the Progressive Conservatives to formulate rules on how to curb vaping. The new regulations developed would go hand-in-hand with the tobacco in-store advertisement ban in Ontario. The government was also considering banning flavoured vaping due to their high nicotine content. By framing the law, Ontario joined seven other territories that had similar rules on vaping.

Reactions to the rules

Some Canadian health groups took the chance to launch public awareness campaigns aiming the flavoured vape products and how they are exposed to children. They used a video in which a man selling ice cream gives free candy and sweets to children. However, as the ice cream vendor gives out the sweets, he says that they contain 100% organic nicotine. The video ends when a question is posed “why is this happening?”

The Canadian Lung Association helped make the campaign to show how Ontarian youths and children were being lured to buying vapes. The video was circulated all over social media and was shown to televisions, which was to last some three months.

Other reactions

Michael Perley indicated that it was the government’s responsibility to ban vaping products as it affected the youth. As a result of that, he urged that the legal age of using vape should rise to 21 and not 19. This result would discourage the youths from Ontario from vaping.

NDP critic France Gelinas argued that Ontario province is getting behind other jurisdictions for vaping rules to be enacted and that he had introduced a private bill to make sure the matter is addressed. If the bill passed, the following would happen;

  • The promotion of vaping products would be banned altogether.
  • Flavours would be regulated.
  • A maximum of nicotine per vape would be set.
  • Vaping products would be restricted only to fewer stores.

Ontario health department would have to submit an annual report on the health effects of using vape products among the youths of Ontario.


The new rules enacted would help the youths of Ontario not to become nicotine addicts. Other sets of rules planning to be introduced would boost the current regulations on vaping helping Ontario not to lag in terms of protecting its youth from vaping and e-cigarettes.

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