An opposition invoice that might ban flavoured vape liquids has handed second studying within the New Brunswick Legislature. Invoice 17 was launched final fall and obtained unanimous help after a debate Thursday.
An opposition invoice that might ban flavoured vape liquids has handed second studying within the New Brunswick Legislature.
Invoice 17 was launched final fall and obtained unanimous help after a debate Thursday.
A flavour ban will “have a huge effect on the alarming charges of youth vaping within the province,” stated Liberal well being critic Jean-Claude D’Amours, who launched the invoice.
About one in seven Canadians aged 15 to 24 who have been surveyed final fall reported vaping, in response to Statistics Canada.
“They’re inhaling a vapour that tastes like strawberries or doughnuts with out really realizing that they’re consuming important quantities of nicotine,” D’Amours stated.
It is uncommon for an opposition invoice to get this far.
D’Amours stated he was “proud” of his MLA colleagues for supporting it.
Not regulation but
Earlier than the invoice is enacted, it nonetheless must be thought-about by the standing committee on financial coverage, the place MLAs can pose questions of the minister, debate it and vote.
If it passes at that stage it goes again to the legislature for closing approval.
Well being Minister Dorothy Shephard stated Friday that the Progressive Conservatives plan to help the invoice via to passage with some minor technical amendments when it is at committee subsequent week.
She stated different measures is also introduced ahead later, similar to elevating the minimal age and imposing larger taxes.
“We’re choosing away at it in a methodical method in order that we are able to get what we want executed,” stated Shephard.
Invoice 17 is one in every of two proposed amendments to the Tobacco and Digital Cigarette Gross sales Act at present into consideration.
Invoice 55 was given first studying by the well being minister final week to require vape retailers to be licensed and use the funds for schooling campaigns towards substance use and is being debated on Friday for second studying.
D’Amours says the Canadian Most cancers Society helps his invoice. The New Brunswick Lung Affiliation has additionally come out in favour of a flavour ban.
Business balks at ban
However business teams are towards it.
The Vaping Business Commerce Affiliation says a flavour ban would trigger 200 jobs to be misplaced within the province and the closure of “dozens of small family-owned companies.”
Govt Director Allan Rewak stated it will “have little to no influence on youth vaping charges, as minors are typically accessing vaping merchandise via illicit web sites and social sourcing.”
He stated the ban would adversely have an effect on adults who’re attempting to give up smoking and drive extra of them again to tobacco.
“We imagine the federal government has to take an aggressive and focused strategy towards youth vaping, not create new boundaries for grownup people who smoke who’re attempting arduous to scale back danger”, stated Rewak.
Well being Canada says the long-term well being results of vaping are unknown and nonetheless being studied, however there may be sufficient proof to justify efforts to stop younger folks and non-smokers from doing it.
It says vaping poses a variety of well being dangers together with nicotine dependence, which may have an effect on reminiscence and focus, is thought to change teen mind growth and should scale back impulse management and trigger cognitive and behavioural issues.
Well being Canada additionally says vaping liquid is toxic if swallowed or absorbed via the pores and skin. And utilizing vaping merchandise with larger energy and temperature settings can produce extra chemical substances linked to adverse well being results.