In response to the rising use of vaping products among teenagers, the Alberta Government unveiled its new Tobacco and Vaping Reduction Strategy today. This strategy is an extension of the 2012 Creating Tobacco-Free Futures initiative, a collaborative research effort involving AHS and various partners aimed at reducing tobacco consumption among Albertans. The new plan is specifically tailored to address the detrimental effects of vaping, especially among youth.
While the previous Alberta government strategy, implemented between 2015 and 2021, successfully lowered the province’s overall smoking rate from 18.4 percent to 11.5 percent, the data tells a different story when it comes to vaping among young Albertans. In 2020, vaping product usage among Albertan youth aged 15-19 surged from 19 percent in 2013 to a concerning 35 percent.
Urgent action is needed to curb these statistics, focusing on limiting youth access to vaping products and enhancing education regarding the harmful consequences of vaping. Under this new strategy, the Alberta Government intends to launch a comprehensive public education campaign, impose restrictions on online sales of vaping products, guide educators on addressing vaping in schools, and establish an advisory committee to oversee the use of commercial smoking and vaping products.
Alberta Lung is pleased to be part of the Provincial Committee of Tobacco and Vaping control. We applaud Alberta Health for making the lung health of Albertans a priority.Nina Snyder, Chief Operating Office, Alberta Lung
Collaboration to reduce young people’s access to vaping products and improve education on responsible vaping practices is pivotal to the success of this strategy. We are gratified to witness the Alberta Government’s commitment to enhancing the overall health and well-being of young Albertans.