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Toronto Board of Health votes in favour of tougher vaping regulations

FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. Teen vapers prefer Juul and mint is the #1 flavor among many of them, suggesting a shift after the company's fruit and dessert flavors were removed from retail stores, new U.S. research suggests. The results are in a pair of studies published Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, including a report from the Food and Drug Administration and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that the U.S. teen vaping epidemic shows no signs of slowing down. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

The Toronto Board of Health has voted to bring in tougher vaping regulations

Mounting evidence shows more young people are picking up the habit that has been linked to lung disease

TORONTO (680 NEWS) – The Toronto Board of Health voted unanimously Monday in support of last week’s report from the medical officer of health that recommended stricter rules for vaping.

The report recommends the provincial and federal government amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to bring vape products closer in line to the strict regulations facing tobacco products.

Some of the recommendations call for a ban on all flavoured vaping products and advertisements from shops that are accessible to minors, such as gas stations and convenience stores. However, they would still be allowed in specialty vape shops.

The board also calls for limits on nicotine levels.

This decision comes as mounting evidence shows more young people are picking up the habit that has been linked to lung disease.

“The more we learn, the worse it gets and we discover that in no way is vaping benign. In fact, there are immediate harmful short-term effects that we’re seeing around the world,” board member Coun. Joe Cressy said at Monday’s meeting.

This decision now opens the doors for the city to follow in the footsteps of Brampton and Mississauga, which have banned vaping in outdoor public spaces.