Government of Canada maximum nicotine cap

The proposed Regulations would establish a maximum nicotine concentration of 20 mg/mL for vaping products intended to be sold at retail, or to be furnished by any means other than retail sale, in Canada. This measure would apply to manufacturers, including importers, of vaping products. Any manufacturer that would manufacture or sell a vaping product that does not conform with this proposed limit would be in contravention of section 7.2 of the TVPA.” The Government of Canada has decided to create a maximum allowed nicotine level for E-Liquid being sold in Canada! The maximum allowed nicotine level is going to be set at 20 milligrams per millilitre. From the Government of Canada “A rapid increase in youth vaping has been observed in Canada. Data from the 2018–2019 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CSTADS) indicates that the prevalence of vaping has doubled among students compared to the previous survey in 2016–2017. Young persons are being exposed to vaping product-related harms, including those related to nicotine exposure, which can result in a dependence on nicotine and an increased risk of tobacco use.

The introduction of high-nicotine-concentration vaping products to the Canadian market in 2018 is believed to have contributed to the rapid rise in youth vaping.” To combat this the Government of Canada has decided that 20mg is an appropriate maximum because “limit of 20 mg/mL is expected to reduce the appeal of vaping products to youth and potentially reduce the likelihood that youth will experiment with or continue to use these products, which may also lead them to tobacco use. It would apply to all vaping products regardless of the type of nicotine, including those in salt form.” The proposed Concentration of Nicotine in Vaping Products Regulations (proposed Regulations) would establish a maximum nicotine concentration of 20 mg/mL for vaping products manufactured or imported for sale in Canada and prohibit the packaging and sale of vaping products if the nicotine concentration displayed on the package exceeds that value. The proposed Regulations would also amend the Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations (VPLPR) to align with this limit for products intended for the domestic market. The objective of the proposed Regulations is to protect young persons from inducements to use vaping products by lowering the concentration of nicotine to a maximum of 20 mg/mL.

This is expected to contribute to reducing their appeal to youth. Health Canada is focusing its efforts under the CTS to address the rise of youth vaping. The Department is concerned that the use of vaping products could renormalize smoking behaviour, lead to exposure to and dependence on nicotine, and have adverse health effects. Canada’s public health achievements in tobacco control are at risk of being eroded if young persons who experiment with vaping products develop a dependence on nicotine, particularly those who would not otherwise have tried smoking. Health Canada received nearly 23 000 postcards from people who vape who were opposed to additional measures and who reported either quitting smoking with vaping or attempting to quit smoking with vaping. Most of these respondents also provided information regarding the nicotine concentrations they used. In total, 87% reported using a concentration of 20 mg/mL or less, with the most common concentrations reported being 3 mg/mL (32% of respondents) and 6 mg/mL (30% of respondents). Also, 2% reported using nicotine-free products and 3% reported using vaping products that contained more than 50 mg/mL of nicotine.

For more information please visit: Government of Canada Official Statement