The Liberal government says it plans to introduce legislation later this fall to regulate vaping.
Health Canada offered few other details Tuesday beyond saying it would both protect young people from nicotine and allow adult smokers to use vaping as a quit-smoking aid or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco.
In a statement, the department said it is also renewing the federal tobacco control strategy for one year, giving the government time to develop a new long-term plan. The strategy was introduced in 2001 and last renewed four years ago.
Health Minister Jane Philpott will host a national forum early next year to discuss the future of tobacco control.
“Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada, affecting the well-being of all Canadians, including youth.,” said Philpott. “The government of Canada is continuing to explore new and better ways to address smoking in Canada, and its impact on the health of Canadians.”