WHEREAS 25% of PEI youth report having tried smoking and a further 25% of students report that they lack confidence in remaining smoke-free’ (Youth Smoking Survey 2010/11), and
WHEREAS the percentage of young smokers trying tobacco products increases as age and grade increases with 15.5% of youth in grades 6–9 have tried a tobacco product and 40% of youth in grades 10–12 have tried a tobacco product, and
WHEREAS new tobacco products including electronic cigarettes continue to be introduced to the marketplace that attract new users such as children and youth, and
WHEREAS Health Canada and the World Health Organization do not recommend the purchase or use of electronic cigarettes because of the potential health risks and the lack of testing for safety, quality and efficacy, and
WHEREAS scientific evidence to support the use of e-cigarettes to quit smoking is still inconclusive, and
WHEREAS there are concerns that the use of electronic cigarettes provides a negative example, similar to conventional cigarette smoking and that modeling tobacco free lifestyles is important in building healthy habits especially in children and youth;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the P.E.I. Home and School Federation requests the English Language School Board to adopt and communicate the former Eastern School Board Policy ADC-R: Tobacco Product Usage Ban which prohibits products that ‘reasonably resemble tobacco or tobacco products’ including e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the P.E.I. Home and School Federation requests the Minister of Health and Wellness to broaden the definition of ‘tobacco-related product’ in the Tobacco Sales and Access Act to include e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff and any other products containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products.