“Treat vaping like smoking”: NDP proposes measures to curb rising cigarette and vaping usage by Saskatchewan youth

The NDP and advocates are raising concern over a massive hike in youth vaping in Canada, according to a study released today. NDP Leader Ryan Meili is proposing several measures to address the rising crisis.

“The British Medical Journal’s study shows that there has been a 74 per cent increase in youth vaping in Canada – that’s extremely concerning considering the dangerously high rates of youth smoking we have in the province,” Meili said. “We’re going in the wrong direction on creating a healthy path forward for the youth of Saskatchewan. By failing to take any meaningful action, we are failing the kids of this province.”

“It’s time to treat vaping like smoking.”

From 2013 to 2017, the number of Saskatchewan youth aged 15 and over who have used e-cigarettes jumped from 8.2 per cent to 15.7 per cent – a 91 per cent increase. Other studies have shown that Saskatchewan has the highest rate in Canada of youth aged 15-19 who are smokers.

“With the clear health risks associated with the rise in acceptability and access to vaping devices, it is essential that government regulation prioritizes the health and well-being of children and youth by ensuring that e-cigarettes are regulated responsibly and consistently alongside traditional cigarettes,” said Dr. Karen Leis, general pediatrician in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan representative on the board of the Canadian Pediatric Society.

The Saskatchewan Coalition for Tobacco Reduction, Heart & Stroke Association of Canada and most recently Canada’s Chief Medical Health Officers have all called for action to be taken by provincial governments to curb youth tobacco usage.

NDP Health Critic Vicki Mowat has sent a letter to the Health Minister outlining how the government can take immediate action, including treating e-cigarettes and vaping like smoking, including when it comes to advertising restrictions; bringing the legislation that’s already on the books around flavoured tobacco into force; making playgrounds and sports fields tobacco-free; restricting the sale of tobacco at recreational and sports facilities; and requiring a license to sell tobacco.

“A clear and frightening picture is emerging: vaping is driving youth tobacco addiction in our province, and this government has failed to get ahead of it” Mowat said. “We’re calling on the Minister to put Saskatchewan youth first by implementing our recommendations on treating vaping like smoking.”

Latest posts

SARM Sounds Alarm on Healthcare Crisis Facing Rural Saskatchewan

SARM joins Carla Beck’s NDP in call for Grow Your Own staffing strategy

REGINA - Today, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) sounded the alarm on healthcare “staff shortages throughout rural areas of the province”. SARM called the situation a “crisis” and urged the provincial government to start up a Grow Your Own staffing strategy, something Carla Beck’s NDP has also called for.

Moe Driving Docs, Nurses out of Rural Sask: New CIHI data

Rural communities lost 21% of registered nurses since Scott Moe became Premier

SASKATOON - Today, the Official Opposition responded to new workforce data from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). The most recent data shows that doctors and nurses have been leaving rural Saskatchewan communities in droves since Scott Moe became Premier in 2018.

Carla Beck to host townhall in Moose Jaw

Dear Moose Jaw Residents,

We hope this message finds you well. As a part of our ongoing commitment to listening to local voices and building made-in-Saskatchewan solutions, we are pleased to invite you to our upcoming Townhall Meeting in Moose Jaw on February 29 at the Timothy Eaton Centre from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.

Share this page