TORONTO, May 23, 2019 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada should restrict the sale and flavours of vaping products to ensure Canadian youth never start using nicotine, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. recommended today in a submission to Health Canada.
The recommendations were submitted to Health Canada as it looks at potential regulatory measures to restrict the appeal and access of vaping to Canadian youth.
Vaping products are not for never-smokers, former smokers who have quit, and especially not for youth, RBH said. Nicotine is addictive and not risk-free.
RBH recommends the Government of Canada prohibit the sale of vaping products to youth.
Vaping products should only be sold to current adult smokers seeking a better alternative to cigarettes, RBH recommended. Such restrictions on non-smokers, particularly youth, would limit access to nicotine.
Flavours that are particularly appealing to youth should also be banned, RBH said. At the same time, responsible marketing practices should be developed to prohibit vaping's appeal to youth.
But smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes, such as vaping nicotine or heating tobacco, should also be regulated in a balanced way to help current adult smokers who do not quit nicotine altogether.
Some flavors are important in vaping products to help existing adult smokers switch away from harmful cigarettes. Most vaping products do not have inherent flavours and require a flavoring agent.
QUOTES: Peter Luongo, Managing Director, RBH
"We are emphatically clear – youth should never use any nicotine-containing product, including vaping."
"We support the government's goal of curbing youth vaping to help the next generation set Canada on a path to be smoke-free."
"We are committed to a smoke-free future for Canadians. Our goal is to stop selling cigarettes."
"Ottawa can bring an end to cigarettes faster by stopping a new generation from getting hooked on nicotine and helping today's generation of adult smokers who won't quit to make a change."
"The best choice for anyone is to never start vaping, smoking or using any nicotine product.
"If you have started vaping or smoking, you should quit entirely. If you don't quit, change."
"Innovation and technology can help adult smokers change away from cigarettes."
"Vaping can be a responsible alternative to cigarettes for current adult smokers."
About Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.
Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc., an affiliate of Philip Morris International Inc., is one of Canada's leading tobacco companies and employs nearly 800 people across the country with its headquarters in Toronto and a factory in Québec City. RBH is a certified Top Employer 2019 in Canada for excellence in employee conditions.
Philip Morris International: Delivering a Smoke-Free Future
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SOURCE Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.
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