The territorial authorities will press forward with new rules to restrict the sale of flavoured vapour merchandise after receiving divided public suggestions on the undertaking.
Final September, the GNWT requested for residents’ views on whether or not or to not ban flavoured vapour merchandise, stating it was “working to determine the best approach to keeping vaping products out of the hands of our children and youth.”
The request got here practically six months after the territory’s new Tobacco and Vapour Merchandise Management Act – which regulates the show and commercial of vaping merchandise and prohibits their sale and provide to minors – took impact.
On Tuesday, the Division of Well being and Social Companies launched a report summarizing residents’ enter.
The division acquired 520 on-line and written responses alongside periods with college students, lecturers, dad and mom and healthcare employees. In all, the division stated, 51 p.c of these responding didn’t help the event of rules to restrict the sale of flavoured vape merchandise whereas 49 p.c did. (The territory stated this meant “approximately half” of residents supported new rules, and stated that work would go forward.)
These in favour of elevated regulation cited concern concerning the well being impacts on youth and pushed for extra schooling, limits on the place such merchandise might be bought, and a possible tax.
Of these wanting elevated regulation, 90 p.c needed a complete ban of vapour merchandise. Ten p.c stated solely flavours particularly marketed in the direction of youth, akin to sweet and dessert, ought to be banned, retaining tobacco or flavourless vapours obtainable to adults.
A number of organizations – together with the Canadian Most cancers Society, Motion on Smoking and Well being, and the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre in Yellowknife – submitted written responses in help of additional regulation.
Lots of these opposing regulation nervous how lowered availability of vapour merchandise might have an effect on individuals who use them as a method of quitting conventional cigarettes.
To vape or to not vape
As the recognition of vaping has grown, so has scrutiny of potential well being dangers.
In a 2018 survey from the NWT Bureau of Statistics, a 3rd of residents aged 15 to 24 stated they’d tried vaping no less than as soon as. Twenty p.c of these stated they did so as a result of they appreciated the flavours.
Although vaping was initially launched as within the 2000s as a substitute for smoking, there have been a whole lot of circumstances of vaping-related sicknesses documented in North America. Analysis into long-term dangers to well being is ongoing.
Throughout Canada, different provinces and territories have their very own rules round vapour merchandise.
A 12 months in the past, Nova Scotia turned the primary jurisdiction in Canada to ban the sale of vapour merchandise that aren’t tobacco-flavoured. Prince Edward Island adopted go well with in March and raised the authorized age for merchandise from 19 to 21.
The NWT report states the territorial authorities will pair the outcomes of the general public engagement periods with evaluation from different jurisdictions and coverage analysis to develop “regulations that will limit the sale of flavoured vapour products in the NWT.”
When these new rules are anticipated to return into impact was not specified.