Alberta is the only Canadian province currently without legislation regulating vaping. The new United Conservative government has so far employed a prudent approach, centred on fact gathering. Through public statements from the province’s chief medical officer of health, Alberta recognizes the risks associated to vaping, but nuanced this statement by indicating the relative newness of technology and the overall lack of tangible evidence on potential health implications.
Whether influenced by other provinces taking action or by more cases of vaping-related pulmonary disease, in October 2019 Health Minister Tyler Shandro asked for a review of Alberta’s tobacco and smoking legislation with its aim to regulate vaping. The review started in November 2019 and examines promotion and advertising of vaping products. Results are expected in spring 2020.
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