British Columbia

E-cigarette ban debated in Vancouver

A ban would impose the same restrictions on electronic cigarettes as their traditional counterparts.

Concern that electronic cigarettes may be gateway to tobacco products for youth

Vancouver to vote on e-cigs

8 years ago
Duration 2:07
The city is hearing public input on whether e-cigarettes should be banned or restricted

E-cigarettes could be placed under the same restrictions as their traditional counterparts in Vancouver, depending on the outcome of a city council debate on the issue.

Presenting a report to council Tuesday, Dr. Meena Dawar from Vancouver Coastal Health supported the banning of e-cigarettes in public spaces.

Vancouver is hearing arguments on whether e-cigarettes should face the same restrictions as traditional tobacco products. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

Dewar warned of a laissez-faire attitude to the product, noting that there is an absence of quality control in place, and that basically anything can end up in them.

She called for a ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors, raising the question of whether they may prove to be a gateway to tobacco products for youth.

Council also heard that it is too early to tell whether e-cigarettes pose a cancer risk, and that there is no evidence so far that they are effective in helping people to quit smoking.

Council invited speakers to attend Wednesday's meeting to talk further on the subject.

With files from the CBC's Richard Zussman

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