NB Health Minister Dorothy Shephard (File Image)

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard has introduced legislation to license vape shops and fund public education campaigns to reduce “the use of substances including through vaping.”

The amendments to the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act would take effect at the beginning of 2022 – but – vape shops would not need to be licensed until April 01st next year. The licence would cost $100.

Shephard says “Most tobacco use begins during adolescence, so actions to protect young people from a lifetime of nicotine addiction are critical. We must act now.”

Licensing vape shops will allow the province to conduct inspections – provide an opportunity to educate retailers – increase their accountability – and allow better communication with them in the event of issues like product recalls.