e-cigarettes

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sstrutt
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How are you dealing with these devices in your facilities?

gpaynton
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We treat them no differently than regular cigarettes. Simple.

admin2
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Hi Everyone - I am wondering if any municipalities have had to deal with polices around electronic cigarettes in facilities. If so, I would be interested in knowing how this issue was dealt with.

Trisha Davison
Director of Parks & Recreation at City of Trail

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Based on the research below New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation has taken the position that electronic cigarettes will be treated in the same fashion as Tobacco Cigarettes in our Parks, Culture and Recreation facilities.

Health Canada, on 27 March 2009, an advisory against electronic cigarettes. The advisory stated, "Although these electronic smoking products may be marketed as a safer alternative to conventional tobacco products and, in some cases, as an aid to quitting smoking, electronic smoking products may pose risks such as nicotine poisoning and addiction." Canadian Customs now confiscate any parcel containing e-cigarettes with nicotine and notify the receiving party via a mail letter. The parcel is returned to the sender only at the request of the receiving party or otherwise destroyed. Further Health Canada has a Notice on this subject that states: To date, no electronic smoking product has been authorized for sale by Health Canada. Health Canada is aware that some electronic smoking products have been advertised and sold in Canada without market authorization from Health Canada. Persons who may be importing, advertising or selling electronic smoking products without the appropriate authorizations are asked to stop doing so immediately. Products that are found to pose a risk to health and/or are in violation of the Food and Drugs Act and related Regulations may be subject to compliance and enforcement actions in accordance with the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate's Compliance and Enforcement Policy (POL-0001). It appears that Canadian Law prohibits importing e-cigs but not their use. However, based on the controversy, unproven science, negative appearance, Health Canada restrictions and inhalation of chemicals that are not proven to be safe, we should consider treating e-cigs in the same fashion as the school district and Province and not permit their use in our facilities. Simply put, e-cigs are illegal devices/products and we cannot condone their use in public recreation facilities. Note, the Province does not have specific rules on e-cigs (that I could find) but rather defer to Health Canada’s position.

Jason Haight
Manager of Business Operations at City of New Westminster

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Thank you Jason for the detailed summation. Burnaby is taking the same position and not allowing electronic cigarette in their facilities for the same reasons.

Kristine Lewis
Coordinator - Youth Recreation Services at City of Burnaby

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Thank you both for your comments. This is very helpful!

Trisha Davison
Director of Parks & Recreation at City of Trail

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We also treat electronic cigarettes in the exact same fashion as regular ones. Neat and simple that way.

Geoff Paynton
Director of Community Services at City of Williams Lake

jrerecich
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Please see the recommendations from BC Healthy Living Alliance around E-Cigs:
http://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/documents/14-02-27-BCHLAPositionStatementonE-ciga...

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BC Ministry of Health announces they are introducing ammendments to the Tobacco Control Act to regulate e-cigarettes. The legislation is intended to help stop the growing use of e-cigarettes by young people in BC. Click on the link to see the full press release (March 5, 2015)

http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2015/03/legislation-enhanced-to-regulate-e...

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Nova Scotia has passed legislation banning the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces.

The full Globe & Mail news article can be found here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/provinces-...

dmorine
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Hi all,

Does anyone have any policies on chewing tobacco?

Sincerely,
Danielle Morine, Recreation Program Manager NRRM

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