PC MLA, Cory Deagle, passed the second reading of a private members bill which would restrict where vaping products can be sold, would ban certain flavors, and would also raise the legal age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21.
Deagle stated: “These substances, you become addicted to nicotine. In some cases there four or five, 20 times the amount of nicotine and e-cigarette then there is in a regular cigarette.”
The second reading vote was unanimous, with all parties in support of passing the bill. There is also discussion about the possibility of adding taxes when this bill is introduced in the spring.
The bill also addresses where vape products can be sold – indicating they could only be sold in a “tobacconist shop”.
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If the bill passes its third reading and becomes law, Prince Edward Island would have the highest age restriction of any province in the country. The bans on flavour products would not come into effect right away. These are to be done through regulations and cabinet, which Deagle said would likely take a full year.