Image courtesy Vaping360/vaping360.com.

100 Mile business owner not concerned over B.C.’s new vaping regulations

‘I don’t think it will affect my store’

The B.C. government is introducing new regulations in an effort to curb a growing trend in vaping among youth.

Businesses that sell vape products may be affected if the province passes the new regulations. Last week (Nov. 14), Health Minister Adrian Dix said the new regulations will limit the amount of nicotine, restrict where certain flavours can be sold and introduce a tax rate specific to vaping.

Despite the news, local business owner, Teresa Searls, is not worried about the new regulations majorly affecting her business.

“I’m not surprised by this,” said Searls. “I don’t think it will affect my store.”

Searls and her husband Jack own Triggers and Pins in 100 Mile House. It is a certified piercing shop that carries everything related to vaping and other things as well.

Related: VIDEO: B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

The amount of nicotine in vapour pods and liquid will be restricted to 20mg/ml and will require plain packaging that includes health warnings. Public advertising of vapour products will also be restricted in areas where youth spend time, such as parks or bus stops. The sale of vapour flavours, other than tobacco flavours, will only be allowed in age-restricted shops.

The regulations will come into effect in the spring of 2020 and the 13 per cent tax increase on Jan. 1, 2020.

“Our store is open to anyone, but we have the vaping products in a separate room,” said Searls. “Nobody can go into that room unless they are 19 or older.”

Searles added that nearly 70 per cent of the stores’ sales are driven by vape products.

A study led by professor David Hammond of the University of Waterloo found that among those 16-19 years old, vaping increased by 74 per cent from 2017 to 2018.

“Some vaping manufacturers are using flavours and advertising to entice and normalize vaping for youth – introducing a new generation to very high levels of a very addictive drug,” said Dix. “As a result, youth vaping rates are rising, putting them at risk for addiction and serious illness. That’s why we are bringing in the most comprehensive plan in the country, and supporting young people to end this dangerous trend.”

Read more: B.C. to more than double sales tax on vaping products

Searls said reducing the nicotine levels may stop youth from inhaling so much of the drug but it won’t necessarily stop them from doing it.

“The youth can still buy these products online,” said Searls. “Sometimes we will get a parent phoning in and accusing us of selling these products to their children, but we have security cameras. It’s often a person who is older buying the products for them.”

The regulations will also be supported by a youth-led anti-vaping social media campaign to de-normalize vaping.

“When young people are the ones driving change, we know it gives their peers the energy and motivation to be part of the solution,” said Minister of Education Rob Fleming. “That’s why we are supporting our youth with resources and information to help them take on an industry that has targeted them for glamourized addiction.”

The province and the B.C. Lung Association will be working with youth to build a vaping prevention toolkit. The toolkit provides information for educators, parents and youth to use when having discussions and making choices about vaping.

The initiative will expand into schools across the province.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Horgan’s caribou liaison quits

Blair Lekstrom was appointed to ease tension between local groups over plan to save threatened herds

Peter Skene Ogden students let loose during annual Winter Formal

‘We are going to be remodelling the courtyards’

108 Lions prepare for ICE OFF contest

The 108 Mile Ranch Lions Club is currently preparing the annual ICE… Continue reading

Smudging ceremony held near 108 Mile after fatal collision

‘We want to be there for her parents and her children as much as possible’

Cariboo Regional District proposes 4.5 per cent more taxes

Majority of the notable tax increases are for emergency services

VIDEO: Mass coronavirus quarantines seen in China won’t happen in Canada, authorities say

‘If a case comes here, and it is probably … it will still be business as normal’

Province’s oldest practising lawyer shares advice at her 100th birthday party

Firefighters bring Constance Isherwood a cake with 100 birthday candles

Vernon woman suing McDonald’s for spilled coffee

Woman seeking nearly $10K, says employee failed to put lid on properly

Diners’ health tax not catching on in B.C., restaurant group says

Small businesses look for options to cover employer health tax

B.C. comic wins judgment after club owner slaps cellphone out of his hands

Incident happened last summer when Garrett Clark was performing in Abbotsford

Mayors call for ‘calmness’ as highway rockslide cuts Tofino, Ucluelet off from supplies

Ministry of transportation expects to open road for “essential travel only” from noon-8 p.m. Friday.

Owner surrenders dog suffering from days-old gunshot wound to B.C. SPCA

The dog was also found to be emaciated and suffering from a flea infestation

B.C. man dies after police called for ‘firearms injury’ in rural Alberta

Victim is 30-year-old Greater Victoria man, say police

Most Read