CVA and its counsel have had a number of meetings with Health Canada and also with the federal Minister of Health’s office to discuss the issue of e-cigarettes on the national level.
Progress has been made to ensure that Health Canada recognizes that the CVA is a national not for profit organization that represents retailers, manufacturers, advocates and consumers of the e-cigarette industry.
As with any federal Regulations with this broad an impact, the government is being very deliberate in its consideration of the various elements of the industry and they have been open to meeting with and having fulsome discussions with the CVA on the shape of the industry in Canada.
Before the House recessed for the summer, the HESA report “Vaping: Towards a Regulatory Framework for E-Cigarettes” was tabled in mid-June 2016 in the House of Commons. Please note that this report is the result of a study triggered by the previous government in the Spring of 2015.
On September 27, 2016, the federal Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott announced that the Government will introduce amendments to the Tobacco Act to create a new legislative framework for regulating e-cigarettes. These changes are intended to balance the need to protect youth from nicotine addiction and tobacco use while allowing adult smokers to legally access vaping products for smoking cessation or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco.
On November 22nd, the Minister announced her intention to proceed with regulating the vaping industry with comprehensive details regarding how the industry will operate in the coming years. The legislation will be renamed the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act and regulate the latter category as a separate class of products which is what the CVA has been advocating for since its inception in 2014.
The statement confirms that the Minister of Health realizes that e-cigarettes have been growing in popularity and the time has come to regulate their manufacture, sale, labeling and promotion.
Furthermore, the CVA is pleased that the Minister recognizes that science will inevitably catch up to vaping as a safer alternative. The proposed legislation would establish a flexible regime that can be adjusted as the science on vaping products develops.
The CVA will be seeking clarification on the potential implications of this bill as we continue to work with Health Canada and the government for fair and equitable regulations.
CVA continues to meet and liaise with Health Canada on behalf of its members and will update this website with all developments as they occur.