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
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.