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Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Allowed[1, 2, 3]
As tobacco products
Yes[1, 2, 3]
As medicinal products
Yes[1, 2, 3]
As consumer goods
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell nicotine
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy device online (personal use)
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy nicotine online (personal use)
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 19+[1, 2, 3]
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these data boxes show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • With All Due Speed | Health Canada Reacts to Youth Vaping ‘Epidemic’

  • This is the warning James Van Loon, Director General of the Tobacco Control Directorate at Health Canada, gave to industry stakeholders when it became clear to the regulator that the crisis of youth vaping—unfolding in the United States—had spread to Canada. The concern is real and substantial.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Vaping becoming increasingly popular among Peterborough teens

  • Youth vaping across Canada, including in Peterborough, is on the rise. Peterborough Public Health last conducted a student tobacco, alcohol and drug survey between 2015 and 2016. The results showed 24 per cent of participants admitted to trying e-cigarettes. “We’re in the process of collecting another round of data so that we can tailor interventions and work with school boards so we can get those numbers down,” said Keith Beecroft, health promoter at Peterborough Public Health.
  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • B.C. Liberals pushing for ban of flavoured vape products

  • B.C. Liberal MLA Todd Stone has introduced legislation that would ban the sale of flavoured vape products. The private members legislation introduced on Thursday would also limit the supply and accessibility of e-cigarette products through stricter retail controls, and restrict the sale of products to adult-only tobacco stores, vape stores and approved pharmacies. “Vaping and e-cigarette use is quickly becoming an epidemic among the youth of British Columbia,” Stone said.
  • Monday, April 08, 2019
  • Moral Panic | Diagnosing the Youth Vaping ‘Epidemic’

  • Stoked by public health special interest groups a litany of frightening headlines has splashed across Canadian newspapers and TV news screens: Vaping Addicts Youth to Nicotine; Youth Vaping Leads to Youth Smoking; Vaping Is an Urgent Threat to Public Health. [...] In this RegWatch feature interview, hear what Dr. Mark Tyndall, Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population [...] thinks about the pressure campaign to rollback vaping regulations and why he says it’s based on a contrived “moral panic.”

  • Thursday, April 04, 2019
  • Raise taxes on tobacco, society urges parties in campaign

  • The P.E.I. division of the Canadian Cancer Society is lobbying parties in the current provincial election campaign to increase tobacco taxes, and use the revenue for programs to help people quit.

    "We really want to see a new, comprehensive smoking cessation program on P.E.I., because the current program that we have is not meeting the needs of Islanders," said Jayna Stokes, the provincial lead for the Cancer Society.

  • Monday, April 01, 2019
  • Whiplash | Top E-Juice CEO Reacts to Youth Vaping Epidemic

  • With the ink barely dry on legislation legalizing vaping products in Canada, the industry finds itself facing an existential threat: an epidemic of youth vaping.
    In response to the alarm over youth use, tobacco-control activists are lobbying Health Canada to crack down on the advertising and promotion of vaping products, such as JUUL and Vype, while also pressing to limit adult access and choice in order to combat the perceived crisis.

    In this edition of RegWatch hear what the CEO of a top Canadian e-juice company thinks of the turmoil rocking the industry [...]