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The Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TVPA) became law on May 23, 2018 and provides a legal framework for governing vaping products. Adults can legally acquire vaping products with nicotine as a less harmful option than smoking. Vaping products which do not make health claims are covered by the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act which regulates ingredients, labelling, packaging etc. E-cigarettes can also, technically, be classified as a medicinal product under the Food and Drugs Act if health claims are made, but to date, no electronic cigarettes have been granted FDA approval. States also have their own legislation which varies and covers restrictions on sales to minors, where you can vape, and promotional restrictions.
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 tables 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

  • Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Teen vaping in Canada has taken a 'worrisome' turn

  • New data suggests teen smoking rates in Canada are also rising. As he tallied his latest data on vaping rates among Canadian teens, University of Waterloo Prof. David Hammond tried to find reasons not to believe his own research.

    That's because the results were troubling.

    According to his numbers, Canadian teenage vaping rates have increased substantially, similar to the dramatic increase in the U.S. where rates shot up by 80 per cent in one year, a trend the FDA called "epidemic."

  • Tuesday, December 04, 2018
  • Marlboro-maker in takeover talks with Canadian marijuana group

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    The maker of Marlboro cigarettes has held early talks to buy the Canadian marijuana company Cronos in what would be the first major takeover of a pot producer by a big tobacco group, according to people briefed on the discussions.

    A takeover of Cronos by Altria amid spreading decriminalisation would rank among the largest investments in the budding pot industry. Shares in Cronos, which grows and distributes cannabis, climbed 14 per cent in New York on Monday to $10.39, giving the Canadian company a market capitalisation of $1.9bn.

  • Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Smoke-free alternative? Tobacco company opens flagship store in Edmonton

  • A new tobacco retail outlet is set to open Friday in Edmonton amid concern from anti-smoking advocates.

    The store is owned by Rothmans, Benson and Hedges Inc. and instead of selling traditional cigarettes, the focus is on a new smoke-free product.

    “The fundamental principle is we’re heating tobacco instead of burning it,” explains Peter Luongo, the managing director with Rothmans, Benson and Hedges.

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018
  • Views on vaping regulations vary widely across the country

  • For the past couple of years, vaping has become ubiquitous in certain urban areas across Canada. Some of the country’s residents have become enthralled with the idea of inhaling and exhaling vapour produced by e-cigarettes or similar devices.

     

    When Research Co. asked a representative sample of Canadians if they had “vaped” over the past year, only 11% answered affirmatively. The practice is currently more popular among residents aged 18 to 34 (19%), and drops to single digits among those aged 35 to 54 (8%) and those aged 55 and over (6%).

  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Pediatricians call for ban on flavoured vaping products — but Health Canada isn't going there

  • The Canadian Paediatric Society is calling for a ban on flavoured e-cigarettes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sounded the alarm on a rise in teen vaping, describing it as an "epidemic." [...] "While Canada and the U.S. have both recently regulated the vaping marketplace, the situation is not the same in the two countries," Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette said in an email.

    Health Canada bans "the promotion of flavours that may be appealing to youth, such as candy and dessert flavours," Durette said.

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Juul curbs sales of some e-cigarette flavours, but not in Canada

  • Vaping giant Juul Labs Inc. is stopping its sales of some e-cigarette flavours in U.S. stores to deter use by kids and teens, but is not doing the same in Canada. In a statement posted on the company website, CEO Kevin Burns said it had "stopped accepting retai l orders for our Mango, Fruit, Creme and Cucumber JUUL pods to the over 90,000 retail stores that sell our product." But the company is not taking the same actions in Canadian stores, where mango, fruit and cucumber flavours continue to be available, said spokesperson Victoria Davis [...]