10/25/2019 11:19 EDT | Updated 10/25/2019 16:24 EDT

Ontario To Ban Vape Ads In Stores Next Year

The health minister says the move is meant to protect youth.

TORONTO — Ontario will ban the promotion of vaping products in convenience stores and gas stations.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the ban will prevent youth from being exposed to vaping.

It will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Elliott says the changes come after new research shows vaping is on the rise amongst young people in the province.

Health authorities in Canada have begun to closely monitor reports of respiratory illnesses potentially linked to vaping.

Health Canada has said vaping has risks and the long-term effects remain unknown.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2019.