To raise awareness among junior and senior high school students about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping, ACT in partnership with the NL English School District has developed vaping awareness resources for schools.
Using a comprehensive school health approach the campaign targets youth, educators and parents. ACT has integrated components of Health Canada’s Consider the Consequences of Vaping youth vaping prevention campaign into the provincial campaign.
Electronic Cigarettes are products in the market that have been increasing in popularity. In 2016 the Newfoundland and Labrador Government introduced and passed amendments to the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act which regulated e-cigarettes in the same way that “regular” cigarettes are sold in the province. E-cigarettes are not to be used in enclosed public spaces, sold to anyone under the age of 19, and starting in 2017, are to be kept in hidden displays in retail establishments. In addition, the Government of Canada has introduced Bill S-5 which allows adults, in particular adult smokers, to legally access vaping products as a less harmful alternative to tobacco.
E-Cigarette Education and Resources
Vaping and Pulmonary Illness
Recently, there has been an emergence of severe pulmonary illness related to vaping in the United States and in Canada. To date, investigations into this issue suggests that products containing THC play a role in this outbreak. The suspected cause is a chemical exposure, but the specific chemicals remain unknown at this time.
As of October 2019 information on this issue has been released by Health Canada and The CDC, and the Canadian Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health.