CDAA Position Statement- E-Cigarettes

 

Canadian Dental Assistants Association

POLICY STATEMENT

Electronic(E)-Cigarettes and Vaping

 

The Canadian Dental Assistants Association (CDAA) firmly endorses the cessation of smoking as a means to maintain and improve the oral and general health of Canadians.

 

The CDAA supports:

  • The continuation of a ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors, regardless of whether they contain nicotine.
  • Prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces and workplaces.
  • Prohibit packaging, labelling and flavours of e-cigarettes from targeting youth.
  • The Government of Canada’s decision to prohibit the manufacturing, selling or importing of e-cigarettes containing nicotine.
  • A Government of Canada public health awareness campaign educating Canadians on the risks associated with e-cigarette usage.
  • The promotion of smoking cessation aids that have been proven effective.

The CDAA recommends:

  • The Government of Canada work with all affected stakeholders to establish a new legislative framework for regulating e-cigarettes and that this framework address both e-cigarettes that contain nicotine and those that do not.
  • The Government of Canada conduct longitudinal studies on the health effects of vaping in order to determine the longterm health effects of e-cigarette usage, and of second hand vapour.
  • The Government of Canada consider e-cigarettes as posing a significant health risk to Canadians, until scientific data proves otherwise.
  • Packaging on e-cigarettes be child-resisentent and clearly indicate the concentration of nicotine and any appropriate safety warnings.
  • Packaging on e-cigarettes be visually distinct from nicotine cigarettes.
  • Strict regulation and restrictions imposed on marketing of e-cigarettes, and in particular, prohibiting these marketing activities from targeting youth.
  • Prohibiting e-cigarette flavours that appeal to youth.