Public health officials are pushing for regulations of electronic cigarettes, a device similar to a real cigarette, it emits puffs of vapour and contains nicotine.
Montreal's public health agency wants the federal government to set regulations for the sale of electronic cigarettes. Right now, none exist.
It says while waiting for more studies on the health impacts of the product, it wants authorities to limit the quantity of nicotine that electronic cigarettes can contain.
It also wants electronic cigarettes to be sold with the same restrictions as tobacco products.
“It’s never really been tested to see if it has harmful effects, we suspect it’s safe, but the studies haven’t been done, at the very least we need some degree of regulations or control over the manufacturer,” CJAD's medical expert Dr. Mitch Shulman said.
Some doctors also want to the product to be recognised as a method to quit smoking.