ADEA Washington Update

Tobacco Packaging Bill at Second Reading Debate

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It is estimated that 125 people die every day in Canada from smoking. This surpasses the total number of deaths from motor vehicle collisions, other external causes of accidental injury, intentional self-harm, and assault. Senate bill S-5 would address some of that by amending the Tobacco Act to regulate vaping products as a separate class of products.

The Tobacco Act would be renamed the “Tobacco and Vaping Products Act” and would include provisions to protect youth from nicotine addiction and tobacco use. If enacted, the bill would regulate the manufacture, sale, labeling and promotion of vaping products and change tobacco product standards, disclosure of product information, product sale and promotion. The schedule attached to S-5, would add menthol and cloves as prohibited additives in all tobacco products.

Bill S-5 would prohibit the promotion of tobacco products by means of the packaging, except as authorized by the act and regulations. It would also provide the necessary authority for future regulations to set out the details for plain packaging.

Since 2010, the World Health Organization has been calling on parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to consider introducing plain packaging measures. Canada is a party to that international convention.

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