Health Canada to cut nicotine concentration in vaping products

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Sarah Peddie

Health Canada is currently trying to lower the nicotine concentration in e-cigarette products in efforts to decrease the use of vaping products amongst youth.

The proposal is to decrease the maximum nicotine concentration from the current limit of 66 mg/ml to 20 mg/ml - which is the cap in the European Union. 

The proposed regulations would also prohibit the packaging and sale of a vaping product if the nicotine concentration is higher than the new limit. Some brands in Canada already sell their products with triple the nicotine concentration than the EU limit.

This has been brought up due to the high rates of youth using vaping products and it is a bid to decrease this number. 

A report from Statistics Canada revealed that 36 percent of teens aged 15-19 tried vaping, and 15 per cent reported doing so in the past 30 days.

Sarah Butson, public policy analyst for The Lung Association, said: "one of the most common myths is that [vaping] is harmless."

However, back in 2019, there were cases of vaping-related illnesses that spiked in Canada and the US.

She also said that teens underestimate the amount of nicotine that is actually in vaping products. 

Now, Health Canada is trying to bring in these new regulations to help decrease the use of vaping products amongst teens. 

Health Minister Patty Hajdu said in a news release: “These changes will help reduce the appeal of vaping products to youth.”

These kinds of limits on nicotine have been implemented in British Columbia and Nova Scotia - Quebec has announced that it will do so as well. 

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