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New E-Cigarette rules come into effect September 1st

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – E-cigarettes will soon be treated the same as regular cigarettes when it comes to where you can smoke them. Rules promised last spring are coming into effect in B September 1st.

Under the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act, you won’t be able to vape inside a public place like a restaurant. No vaping on school or health authority grounds. Minors can no longer buy E-cigarettes and there can be no more retail displays kids might see.

Health Minister Terry Lake says it’s fairly simple. “If it’s not legal to smoke cigarettes or cigars in that location, E-cigarettes would fall into the same category. That’s to protect those members of the public that don’t want to inhale the vapours from the e-cigarettes. There are still a lot of unknowns in terms of what is in these products and out of an abundance of caution, we want to make sure people, particularly young people are protected.”

He says there was some push back from people who use E-cigarettes to quit smoking, but he says they may not be any better for you. “We don’t have enough data and quality control over what is in the juices that are vaporized.”

There’s one exception for vaping in public indoor spaces. Customers can sample the products inside shops, but only customers per shop at one time.

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