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Tuesday May 26th, 2015

Posted at 1:39pm

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The Ontario government is banning smoking of e-cigarettes at the same places where smoking tobacco products is currently illegal.

The government passed the Making Healthier Choices Act Tuesday morning which they say will help protect youth from the dangers of tobacco and the potential harms of electronic cigarettes.

The new legislation will also make it illegal to use e-cigarettes in designated non-smoking areas, sell e-cigarettes in certain places where the sale of tobacco is prohibited, display e-cigarettes in places where they are sold, and promote e-cigarettes in places where e-cigarettes or tobacco products are offered for sale.

“The passing of the Making Healthier Choices Act will protect Ontarians from the dangers of second-hand smoke, and protect our youth from tobacco products and e-cigarettes,” said associate minister of health Dipika Damerla.

The new act also increases the maximum fines for those who sell tobacco to youth, making Ontario’s maximum fines the highest in Canada It bans the sale and supply of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19, and bans the sale of flavoured tobacco products. Menthol flavoured products will have a “temporary” exemption, according to the government.

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