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Board of Health to consider restricting e-cigarette use

The Toronto Board of Health will consider imposing wide-reaching restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes in this city.

A series of recommendations from the Medical Officer of Health go to the board next Monday. If approved, city council will need to approve the measures.

The report is asking the province to bring e-cigarette bans and restrictions in line with existing rules for cigarettes, including public smoking bans and prohibiting the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes or selling to minors.

If the province does not make the changes within six months, the report recommends, the City should be prepared to change city by laws to achieve similar goals.

It also asks the federal government to better regulate the sale, packaging and advertising of the products.

Click here to read the agenda item.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered faux-cigarettes that mimic the look and feel of the real thing but with vapour in place of smoke.

Toronto Public Health released a position statement earlier this month expressing the agency’s concern with the appeal to youth and the potential for normalizing smoking behaviour.

Click here to read the position paper.