CJAD reports that the city of Cote Saint-Luc is taking action on regulating e-cigarettes.
At tonight’s council meeting dealing with the popular devices: a motion calling on the province to bring in regulations on e-cigarettes, and a notice of motion which would eventually amend a recent Cote Saint-Luc bylaw banning smoking in municipally-regulated public spaces, such as parks.
Cote Saint-Luc mayor Anthony Housefather says that means within a few weeks, that bylaw would include banning e-cigarettes in the same places that regular cigarettes are banned.
“Right now, we do not have enough information about the ramifications of second-hand smoke related to electronic cigarettes, and as such, I’d like to err on the side of precluding people from using them in the places where other similar cigarettes, or pipes, or cigars cannot be used.”
City of Montreal councillor Marvin Rotrand will be introducing a motion at the Sept. 15 Montreal council meeting calling on Quebec to regulate the devices.
Some large U.S. cities and three U.S. states have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places. No similar regulation exists yet in Canada.
I am proud to be the mover of this resolution showing Cote Saint-Luc continues to lead the way in issues affecting public health and safety.

 

RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE QUEBEC NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO RESTRICT THE USE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES IN PUBLIC SPACES

WHEREAS the Quebec Tobacco Act c. T-0.01, (“Tobacco Act”) prohibits cigarette smoking in most public spaces across Quebec;

 

WHEREAS in recent years, new tobacco products called electronic cigarettes were introduced in to the market which may consist of a cartridge filled with liquid nicotine, which, when heated, creates an inhalable vapor;

 

WHEREAS the Minister delegated to Public Health has stated her intention to update the Tobacco Act in order to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and to make the sale thereof illegal to minors;

 

WHEREAS the health ramifications of second-hand steam are not yet specifically known however, experts have signaled the potential dangers of chemical agents contained within the electronic cigarette cartridges;

 

WHEREAS experts further believe that allowing the use of electronic cigarettes will enable and facilitate non-smokers, including youth, to using conventional cigarettes;

 

WHEREAS the cities of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Boston, among others, have adopted regulations and by-laws restricting the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces;

 

WHEREAS Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto asked the City of Toronto’s Municipal Council to consider the adoption of a by-law prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces; assuming the Ontario legislature does not amend its Act to include electronic cigarettes;

 

WHEREAS despite both Health Canada and the American Food and Drug Administration not approving electronic cigarettes and notwithstanding their warnings regarding their potential adverse, baneful, deleterious and noxious effects; sales of said cigarettes continue within the context of a grey area;

 

It was

MOVED BY COUNCILLOR Glenn J. Nashen

SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR Ruth Kovac

 

AND RESOLVED:

 

“THAT the Côte Saint-Luc City Council requests that the National Assembly enact legislation to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes  within the Tobacco Act, so that their use is prohibited in any space where smoking is prohibited in Quebec;

THAT a copy of this resolution be sent to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Lucie Charlebois.”

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

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