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Senate Adopts Bill S-5 to regulate vaping products and implement plain packaging for tobacco products

A bill that creates a new federal regime to regulate vaping products and delivers on a government commitment to implement plain packaging for tobacco products is headed to the House of Commons after being adopted in the Senate today.

Bill S-5, sponsored by Senator Chantal Petitclerc, proposes to rename the Tobacco Act to the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act.

The legislation proposes to regulate the manufacture, sale, labelling and promotion of vaping products, and includes provisions to restrict sales to youth and to restrict the promotion of certain flavours that appeal to youth.

Bill S-5 responds to the recommendations of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, as well as stakeholders, to strike a balance between restricting the use of vaping products among youth while also ensuring they are available as a reduction tool for adults as a likely less harmful alternative to tobacco use.

The legislation also limits the appeal of tobacco products with the standardization of the appearance of both packages and the products they contain. Plain packaging rules have been adopted, with variation, in Australia, France, the United Kingdom and Ireland.