Saskatchewan to make changes to age requirements for purchasing tobacco products

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government has passed a bill raising the minimum age to legally buy tobacco and vapour products to 19 from 18.

The change aligns age restrictions for smoking and vaping with those on liquor and cannabis sales in Saskatchewan, something that has been done in most provinces.

The province says in a news release it is committed to ensuring that Saskatchewan youth are not targets of advertising for tobacco and vapour products.

The bill also provides more clarity to existing restrictions on advertising and promotion of these products to youth.

The province says it consulted with retailers, manufacturers, health advocacy organizations and First Nations and Métis groups when developing the bill.

The legislative changes will come into force at a later date.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 8, 2023.

The Canadian Press