University of Ottawa Heart Institute

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

November 24, 2014 10:00 ET

Heart Institute Applauds Ontario's New Measures on e-Cigarettes and Flavoured Tobacco

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 24, 2014) - The University of Ottawa Heart Institute applauds Ontario's new measures to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco and the potential harms of electronic cigarettes. Announced today by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the new measures will guarantee a better control of these products, while ensuring that strict and firm guidelines are in place.

"Today's announcement marks a historic advancement and a significant step in our efforts to better control the use of e-cigarettes in Canada," said Dr. Andrew Pipe, Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the Ottawa Heart Institute. "Controlling the content of these products, and prohibiting their flavouring and their use in settings where smoking is not permitted is the right thing to do."

The new measures include the ban of the sale and supply of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19, the prohibition of the use of e-cigarettes in settings where the smoking of tobacco is prohibited, the ban of the sale of flavoured tobacco products, with a delayed implementation date for menthol-flavoured products, and an increase in maximum fines for those who sell tobacco to youth.

"Ontario's leadership in prohibiting the addition of menthol to cigarettes is groundbreaking," added Pipe "and is particularly important in combating youth smoking."

Since the early 1990s, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) has been offering smoking cessation services to its patients through an outpatient program called the Quit Smoking Program (QSP). This program is available to smokers in the Ottawa area and, due to growing demand and program adaptability, the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation has broadened its reach to numerous inpatient, outpatient, and primary care settings totaling over 300 sites across Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Lamontagne
    Senior Manager, Public Affairs
    University of Ottawa Heart Institute
    613-761-4427
    613-899-6760 (cell)
    vlamontagne@ottawaheart.ca