October 4th, 2018

Gélinas: Vaping products cannot be promoted and marketed to children

During question period, the NDP’s health critic, France Gélinas, confronted the provinces health minister about the government’s change to the rules around advertising and promotion of nicotine-containing vape products.

“One of the first acts of this government was to cancel regulations that would have stopped vaping companies from promoting their products to children. Then last week, the Ford government tabled a bill and new regulation that allows vaping products and e-cigarettes to be promoted and marketed to children in convenience stores. On Tuesday, a coalition of health organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society and the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, called on the government to put the health of children first and withdraw this regulation.

“Will the minister listen to these health professionals, and make sure that vaping companies cannot promote and market their harmful products to kids?” asked MPP Gélinas

According to Dr. Robert Schwartz, Director of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit at the University of Toronto, vaping by non-smoking youth in Ontario is already very substantial, and increased 46 per cent among students in Grades 10 to 12 over just two years.

On Oct. 2, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced it conducted a surprise inspection of the headquarters of e-cigarette producer Juul Labs as part of an investigation into marketing the harmful products to children. Juul Labs met the Ford government right after the election – it’s not known what was discussed in their closed-door meetings.
“Many of the vaping companies are owned by Big Tobacco companies, which are desperate to hook the next generation on their addictive products,” said Gélinas. “They want to get kids addicted, to make them customers for life.

“Will the minister withdraw this harmful regulation, and make sure that kids are not exposed to vaping marketing, promotion and displays?” asked Gélinas.