Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Keeping track!

A lot is happening quickly in the field of tobacco and vaping regulation. This blog is to share attempts to visualize and keep track of developments.

In the past month alone, three Canadian provinces  and one territory (Nova Scotia, Alberta, Ontario and Nunavut) have announced new measures. This week Prince Edward Island became the first Canadian jurisdiction to increase the legal age for tobacco or vaping products to 21 years.

As illustrated below, while there remain major gaps to fill, provincial and federal regulators are plugging away at the problem.

Download: Snapshot of Canadian vaping regs.

There is a lot of action outside of Canada as well. 

Last week alone, one more large country banned e-cigarette imports (Turkey) and three others announced new regulatory measuers (New Zealand, Romania and the Philippines). In the United States, Congress passed legislation to ban e-cigarete flavours, and 39 states announced an investigation into JUUL's adherence to consumer protection laws. Oh, and JUUL announced it was withdrawing from Indonesia.

That's a lot to keep track of. More than 150 events are logged on our tracking sheet -- and the number keeps growing.

Download: Vaping Regulations Timeline

Let us know if we missed something!