VICTORIA, B.C. - The BC Green Caucus has advocated for stronger vaping regulations and welcomes the announcement from government today.
"Flavoured vaping products and advertising tactics that deliberately target our youth have no place in British Columbia and we must do all we can to protect youth from these predatory marketing tactics," said MLA Sonia Furstenau for Cowichan Valley and B.C. Green spokesperson for health. "By eliminating appealing flavours and reducing the nicotine levels to be in line with real cigarettes, these regulations send a clear message: if you are not a smoker, vaping is not for you.
"We have heard from parents and educators who have been alarmed about vaping and have been bringing those concerns to government. Once touted as a means to assist people struggling to quit smoking, vaping is now clearly linked to a whole new generation becoming smokers themselves. This comprehensive response will educate youth about the harmful effects of vaping while also curbing use by reducing product availability through fiscal incentives and by simply making the products themselves less palatable."