Forward Regulatory Plan 2023-2025: Order Amending Schedules 2 and 3 to the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (Flavours) and Standards for Vaping Products' Sensory Attributes Regulations
Title of Regulatory Initiative
Order Amending Schedules 2 and 3 to the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (Flavours) and Standards for Vaping Products' Sensory Attributes Regulations
Health Canada is advancing amendments to the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (Flavours) to protect young persons from inducements to use vaping products.
The amended order and regulations will establish restrictions on the use of flavours in vaping products. The promotion of flavours will be restricted to tobacco or mint/menthol. The use of all sugars and sweeteners as well as flavouring ingredients, with limited exceptions, will also be prohibited in the manufacture of vaping products. Sensory attributes standards are also being included for vaping products to further limit the range of sensory perceptions experienced by the user to those typical of tobacco or mint/menthol.
Reducing the promotion and appeal of vaping products to young people are commitments made in the Minister of Health's 2019 Mandate Letter.
Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)
This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.
Potential impacts on people in Canada, including businesses
The order and regulations are expected to impact vaping product manufacturers, importers and retailers as they will be required to manufacture and sell only those vaping products which comply with the requirements set forth.
Health Canada published a consultation document on April 11, 2019, setting out potential regulatory measures to reduce youth access and appeal of vaping products.
A summary of the consultation was published in the What We Heard: Reducing Youth Access and Appeal of Vaping Products: Consultation Summary.
Health Canada pre-published the proposed changes in the Canada Gazette, Part I on June 19, 2021, with a 75-day comment period.
Related information can be found on the Government of Canada's About Vaping webpage.
Additional information can be requested from the departmental contact.
Departmental contact information
Tobacco Products Regulatory Office
Tobacco Control Directorate
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory
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