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B.C. set to announce changes around youth vaping, regulations

The British Columbia government is expected to announce changes today around vaping especially in regards to young people in the province.
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 The province is expected to announce new regulations regarding youth vaping. Photo: Vaping woman / ShutterstockPhoto: Vaping woman / Shutterstock

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government is expected to announce changes today around vaping especially in regards to young people in the province.

Health Minister Adrian Dix has said B.C. will be taking strong action that involves education, tightening access, working with partners and pressuring the federal government to act.

He said the action would involve first-of-its-kind regulations in Canada with a goal of making vaping as socially unacceptable as smoking cigarettes are to young people.

The B.C. School Trustees Association has asked the government for help, saying many districts in B.C. are spending too much time monitoring and addressing the problem of vaping in schools.

Health Canada said last week that the province may now have three possible vaping-related illnesses and the provincial health officer said the number was likely to rise as more of the illnesses were reported and investigated.

Health Canada has issued a warning to people who vape to monitor themselves for symptoms of vaping-related pulmonary illness following hundreds of such cases in the United States and a few in Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 14, 2019.