Last week, the provincial government announced the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Amendment Act, ultimately restricting the sales of vaping. Alberta is the last province to introduce vaping legislation.
Under the new legislation, the minimum age for purchasing, possessing, or using vaping products be 18, which aligns with tobacco restrictions.
Promotional materials—including advertisements and displays—in convenience stores and gas stations would have to adhere to the same promotional restrictions for tobacco.
The legislations also prohibits both vaping and smoking in the following locations, which before were not restricted:
- Hospital, school, or child care properties
- Sports or playing fields
- Skateboard or bicycle parks
- Public outdoor pools or splash pads
- Outdoor theatres
The following locations will be unable to sell vaping products, which is similar to tobacco restrictions.
- Health facilities
- Public post-secondary institutions
- Stores where pharmacies are located
- Vending machines
- Temporary facilities
I’m sure that Rona Ambrose’s recent appointment to the board of directors of a vaping company had no influence on this legislation.