Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is echoing concerns raised recently on the rising trends of youth vaping in Canada and urging Health Canada to tighten rules and ban advertising of vaping products from all public spaces and broadcast media.

 

In our response to Health Canada’s consultation on the impact of vaping products advertising on youth and nonusers of tobacco products, we are recommending that restrictions on promotion of vaping products and devices should be the same as those for tobacco products.

 

With appealing flavours and prominent displays, the use of e-cigarettes for teens is on the rise and there are increasing concerns on the long-term health impact. Many teens view vaping as a harmless habit, but high-tech versions of e-cigarettes use nicotine “salts” which deliver higher concentrations of nicotine with less bitterness.

 

In 1954, the CMA issued the first public warning on the negative impact of tobacco. We are calling on the government to avoid the mistakes of the past with respect to tobacco regulations and move to tighten the rules around e-cigarettes now.

 

 

Dr. Gigi Osler, CMA President