Council says no to City promoting vaping

Councillor Paula Fletcher’s motion addressing the problem of ads promoting vaping products on City property, was passed by Council today.

City staff wrote a report to the Government and Licensing Committee earlier this year detailing the health concerns associated with vaping, which include:

  • vapour product use has been strongly associated with subsequent tobacco cigarette smoking among youth and young adults;
  • while vapour products are an alternative to combustible cigarette smoking, there is limited evidence of vapour product use increasing the likelihood of smoking cessation.

Councillor Fletcher was dismayed to learn recently of an ad for vaping products on a transit shelter which is part of the City’s street furniture plan.

Lately, many reports in the media have warned of serious health problems caused by vaping. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also reporting more than 2,000 cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury and 42 deaths have been confirmed. The City’s Board of Health has requested a report from the Medical Officer of Health on the dangers of vaping, and that report is expected to be released on December 2nd.

“The City of Toronto has long been a leader on public health issues so I am pleased Council supported my motion. Given what the medical profession is learning about vaping, the City should not be involved in any way in promoting it,” said Councillor Fletcher.