Ontario’s Liberal government is pressing the pause button on plans to ban vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.
The ban on e-cigarettes in public spaces and workplaces was supposed to go into effect on January 1st, but Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla says it will be postponed until later in the year.
She says the ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors under the age of 19 will go into effect January 1st, but not the regulation limiting where adults can and cannot use them.
The government promised to review regulations around where marijuana can and cannot be vaped in November, only a day after an exemption for medical marijuana users to the vaporizing law was made public.
Damerla says the government has decided to bring in all the regulations around vaping at the same time, which is why the ban in public places is being delayed.
Until the ban is enacted, employers and restaurant owners can still ban medical marijuana users from vaporizing on their premises.
Damerla said in a statement that the province is also “banning the sale of certain flavoured tobacco products and increasing the maximum fines for youth-related sales offences under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act” but emphasized that the government is not banning the use of e-cigarettes.